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Treasure Hunters Find Bronze Age Axes
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-22-2008

Posted on 01/21/2008 6:45:50 PM PST by blam

Treasure hunters find Bronze Age axes

Last Updated: 2:06am GMT 22/01/2008

An amateur treasure hunter has unearthed a hoard of bronze age axe heads thought to be worth about £80,000.

Tom Peirce started combing a field with his metal detector after dropping off a school coach party at a farm.

Within a few minutes it began beeping and he found the first axe head fragment 10in into the soil.

When he dug deeper, Mr Peirce found dozens more and, over the following two days, he and a colleague, Les Keith, uncovered nearly 500 bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years.

The find prompted a Time Team-style search of the area at the farm near Swanage, Dorset, by archaeologists.

The hoard, which included 268 complete axe heads, is one of the biggest of its kind in Britain.

Mr Peirce, of Ringwood, Hants, said: "We are extremely thrilled because this was a once-in-a-lifetime find. It's like winning the lottery - you don't think it is going to happen to you. You do it as a hobby, you don't do it for the money but if you strike it lucky, so be it."

It is believed the axe heads were manufactured at a nearby Bronze Age settlement.

Archaeologists think the hoard may have been buried as an offering to the gods.

Mr Peirce, 60, will have to split any proceeds with the landowner, Alfie O'Connell.

Mr O'Connell, 62, who has owned the farm for four years, said: "Within about half an hour of Tom searching, he came rushing over to me looking shocked. During the war a plane crashed in the same field and for a minute I thought he'd found a bomb.

"We went back up there on my tractor and saw the axe heads. I didn't have a clue what they were, I thought it was scrap metal at first."

The axe heads are 4in long and 2in wide and are being assessed by the British Museum, which may buy them.

The coroner for Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset has been informed of the find and will hold an inquest at which it is expected they will be declared treasure.

At that point, landowner and finder receive a reward to the sum of the market value.

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, of Wessex Archaeology, said: "It is one of the largest and important finds of its kind because of the size of it and the condition they were in."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: axes; bronze; godsgravesglyphs; hunter; treasure
"Archaeologists think the hoard may have been buried as an offering to the gods."

Nah. They were hidden anticipating and attack?

1 posted on 01/21/2008 6:45:52 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 01/21/2008 6:46:17 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam
IBTP!

I got a metal detector for Christmas, but so far all I've got with it is two shotgun shells and some poison ivy! ;P

3 posted on 01/21/2008 6:49:00 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (For evil to win, it is only necessary for Jimmy Carter to be considered a role model.)
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To: blam
10 inches in soil? 4 inches long and 2 inches wide? Uh-oh.

The British metric bobbies are gonna lock these guys up pronto..

4 posted on 01/21/2008 6:51:55 PM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: blam
Archaeologists think the hoard may have been buried as an offering to the gods.

I have a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and if you ask me they were stolen and somebody wanted to hide the loot.

Guess I should have pursued a graduate degree -- that way I would have known to apply the traditional "for religious purposes" analysis.

5 posted on 01/21/2008 6:51:58 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: blam

Yup, you’re right. An anti-2d Amndt leader was on the slate.


6 posted on 01/21/2008 6:52:40 PM PST by TaMoDee
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To: blam

It would not surprise me if these 2 guys get charged with possession of assault weapons.


7 posted on 01/21/2008 7:00:15 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: blam
How come every story about Hillary Clinton or Rosie O'Donnell unfortunately has pictures. Yet these cool historical stories rarely have pictures. It just aint right.

Good post though.

Regards

8 posted on 01/21/2008 7:04:05 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: blam

Someone tell Helen Thomas her lost razor blades have been found.


9 posted on 01/21/2008 7:06:34 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

I think this story may have a few mother-in-law jokes in it too...


10 posted on 01/21/2008 7:09:49 PM PST by stefanbatory
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To: Grizzled Bear

Someone tell Helen Thomas...

...that explains it!


11 posted on 01/21/2008 7:11:54 PM PST by captain anode (78% of us FREEPERS could practice better manners.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Dang you , I almost spit tobacco juice on the keyboard.


12 posted on 01/21/2008 7:11:57 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty

“I got a metal detector for Christmas, but so far all I’ve got with it is two shotgun shells and some poison ivy! “

My kid got one years ago and all we’ve ever used it for is to find dropped bolts/nails or arrows that missed the target and went into the ground.


13 posted on 01/21/2008 7:14:30 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: blam
Archaeologists think the hoard may have been buried as an offering to the gods.

Definitely buried to keep assets away from the foundry owner's wife during a nasty divorce.

14 posted on 01/21/2008 7:16:55 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Heh, well I’m taking it down to Naples FL with me next month, so hopefully I’ll have better luck on the beaches there!


15 posted on 01/21/2008 7:30:22 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (For evil to win, it is only necessary for Jimmy Carter to be considered a role model.)
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To: blam
Archaeologists think the hoard may have been buried as an offering to the gods.

Your response beat mine and is right on the mark. Of course archaeologists and anthropologists usually want to minimize the warlikeness of primitive folk; they think modern conservatives are the first to hold that distinction. However, war was seldom absent in those days. The obvious here is that axes, while tools, can be used as weapons. The burying of a mass of them can be nothing except an attempt to deny them to an enemy that is about to overrun the tribe.

16 posted on 01/21/2008 8:07:04 PM PST by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: blam

Or hidden in anticipation of a Bronze Age ban on Assault Weapons. Prudent people even today consider 40 acres and a shovel when faced with similar attitudes by government.


17 posted on 01/21/2008 8:29:05 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: ARE SOLE
"Yet these cool historical stories rarely have pictures. It just aint right."

Okay here:

Bus driver unearths £80,000 hoard of Bronze Age axe heads with metal detector

Metal-detecting chums Leslie Keith, Bryan Thomas and Tom Peirce have uncovered Britain's biggest ever find of 500 Bronze age axe heads that are baffling the experts

A sample of the axe heads discovered by Tom Peirce

Digging it: Wessex Archaeology are excavating a windswept site on the Dorset coast near Swanage where the Bronze Age axe heads were found

18 posted on 01/21/2008 8:52:04 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Blam, you are the man ! Great pictures. How interesting.

Regards


19 posted on 01/21/2008 9:32:14 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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Thanks Blam.
268 complete axe heads
Must have been a dealership.

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20 posted on 01/21/2008 9:34:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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To: Kirkwood
It would not surprise me if these 2 guys get charged with possession of assault weapons.

Now that wouldn't surprise me.

21 posted on 01/21/2008 9:40:35 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: blam

I’ve seen movies. Those can’t be ax heads. Ax heads are huge things with double blades and such. All the cool barbarian movies say so.

Those look like door stop wedges.

On a slightly more serious note...

That’s a lot of metal and work put into that many head splitters. Where, exactly, did Henry Ford’s line originate? Could this have been an early attempt at standardized factory production?


22 posted on 01/21/2008 9:44:37 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: SunkenCiv

Must have been a dealership.

Or a factory producing axe heads.


23 posted on 01/21/2008 10:01:03 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s the entire stock from the village blacksmiths shop!


24 posted on 01/21/2008 10:07:49 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: george76; Fred Nerks

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25 posted on 01/21/2008 10:19:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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To: blam

That’s where Saddam put ‘em! I knew we find it.


26 posted on 01/21/2008 10:51:55 PM PST by Defiant (Don't be a hostage to Hope.....Arkansas. Vote Fred.)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam
a hoard of bronze age axe heads thought to be worth about £80,000.

I'll bet you could get more than that selling them on Ebay. The United Arab Emirates and the Saudis would probably pay 1500 quid each. After all, they're solid bronze. With a little sharpening, they'd be perfect for the headsmen.

27 posted on 01/22/2008 4:28:38 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Not to discount the sexual prowess of the rabbit, BUT, there's a reason it's not called BUNNY STYLE.)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Archeologists are such dorks! They always assume that finds have something to do with lofty thoughts about man, God and the Universe—when all human history tells us the main things Man cares about are the three ‘S’s...sleep, substenance, and sex.


28 posted on 01/22/2008 6:51:11 AM PST by wildbill
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To: wildbill

And beer. You forgot beer. ;’)


29 posted on 01/22/2008 7:21:41 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

No I didn’t. Among the best of all sustenance is beer, wine, ale, and various forms of distilled hard spirits.

Being made from fruits and vegetables they are diet healthy and are important in obtaining the other two of the Big “Ss” needed for a successful life: Sex, Sleep and Sex.

(I know, I added Sex twice, but I like Sex after Sleep when I wake up in the morning before I have my beer.)


30 posted on 01/22/2008 2:44:29 PM PST by wildbill
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