Bronze in Silvertown
This bronze axe-head dates to around 1400 bc. It was found ten metres below ground during the building of the Royal Victoria Docks at Silvertown in Newham. It was cast in a two-piece mould made of clay or possibly metal. It would have been attached to a wooden haft or handle and used in carpentry.
A number of Bronze Age wooden trackways have been found nearby during recent archaeological excavations. It is possible that the Silvertown axe-head was used to construct them.
The axe-head is currently on display in the Museum of London's London before London gallery.
Museum number 32.211/2