Bronze Age axehead

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What is it?

Bronze is made by mixing copper and tin. First the copper and tin are extracted from rocks by heating them to high temperatures. This process is called smelting.

When the copper and tin have been mixed, the liquid bronze is poured into a mould to create the axehead. Look closely at the sides of the axehead and you will see the casting seams. These can be seen if a mould is made from two pieces joined together.

You can find out how an axehead may have been cast in our Bronze Age video on YouTube.


What do you think?

  • What do you think this axehead was used for?
  • Why do you think this axehead is hollow?
  • Have you ever made anything using a mould?


Further info

Object ID number: A5120

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Digital image copyright Museum of London