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The axeheads have already revealed a Kinder egg-like surprise inside: there appear to be other metal objects encased within some of them. The team will also test the objects using XRF analysis to determine what alloy they are composed of. The type of alloy will indicate whether the axes were tools used for work or if they were decorative.
he bronze age wouldn't be the bronze age if it wasn't for the the presence of bronze. But what is bronze exactly and where does it come from? Bronze is a copper alloy. The most well known bronze used in the bronze age contains of on average 90% copper and 10% tin, but the tin content can vary from just a few percent up to 20% in the extreme cases
Patina (/ˈpætᵻnə/ or /pəˈtiːnə/) is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of stone; on copper, bronze and similar metals (tarnish produced by oxidation or other chemical processes); on wooden furniture (sheen produced by age, wear, and polishing); or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure.
Archaeologists call this kind of find a hoard, when they uncover objects that have been hidden away or buried in the ground. It is still too early to say why the axes and other objects were buried 3000 years ago.
“There may have been religious reasons linked to a sacrifice, or they might have been cached temporarily, with the intention of recasting the metal later. This was a known practice in the Late Iron Age,” says Henriksen.
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
originally posted by: LadyGreenEyes
a reply to: CaptainBeno
Nice!! I'd bet you could still chop down a tree with that thing!! Built to last, eh??
Only if it's a really small tree.
originally posted by: belkide
For the first picture: It looked like a durable industrial paint to me; that green paint. And the shape is very suspicious as its very, very fine detailed. If its really 3000 year old then it is heck of a masterpiece.