posted on Mar, 18 2013 @ 02:42 PM
They are considered to represent a bronze-age axe head typical of Britain circa 1750-1500 BC;
The one above is a "Type Bandon";
Other types are 'Arreton' tradition low-flanged axehead
, or a slightly later
dated Acton-Taunton type
is an earlier type 'Arreton', circa 2000-1700 BC;
As well as a ,'cpper alloy flat axehead dating to the Early Bronze Age' (here
The British Museum is full of these, so I'd tend to agree with the experts on the carvings being axe-heads and not mushrooms or what have you.
What is the mystery is what these were supposed to signify - burial? warfare? peace accords? Some of the axeheads in the British Museum have
decorative carvings, so the axeheads do seem to have some use other than strictly utilitarian.
Edit to add:
The carvings appear so non-distinct that they really look more like tally marks, i.e. "we were here to commemorate X, here is another axehead mark to
show this...". With the recent news that Stonehenge may have been a joint effort by far-flung tribes as a peace effort, then maybe these same tribes
continued meeting on the anniversary date and carved another axehead as proof. Who knows?
edit on 18-3-2013 by Blackmarketeer because: (no