Bronze Age axehead

Flat bronze axe head of the Early Bronze Age (1800BC – 1600BC).

It has a thin butt, with a hint of flanges. There is a decorative ‘rain’ pattern on the blade and a lozenge pattern on the sides. It may have been manufactured in Ireland. Like many of the early objects in Layton’s collection,  it was found in the Thames, from Mortlake, which is probably where it was brought ashore.

Dimensions: L 155 mm; W 81 mm; T 9 mm