WREX-9835AE: Bronze Age winged axehead c. BC1500-1300

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Unique ID: WREX-9835AE

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Copper alloy wing flanged axe dating from the Middle Bronze Age (c.1500-1300BC). The axe is complete with an overall length of 117.55mm. The axe has two winged flanges which are sub lozenge in form. The main body of the axe extends above these flanges and terminates with two distinctive hooked terminals at the top of the butt. The butt is 25.12mm wide and 6.90mm thick. There is no stop on the septum. The sides of the blade expand moderately and turn-out at the tips to produce a curved blade with a width of 45.37mm. The axe weighs 287.4g. The surface of the axe has a mostly dark green patina but there are some areas that are pitted with some pale green corrosion products.


Winged axes are usually quite large with a notched butt, straight sides and short wings. Only a handful of these axes have been found in Britain and they are thought to be imports from north-eastern France.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 1300 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 117.55 mm
Width: 45.37 mm
Thickness: 6.9 mm
Weight: 287.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 15th August 2017 - Tuesday 14th November 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Susie White
Identified by: Dr Susie White

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Wrexham museum entry receipt 1205

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Flintshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Flintshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Mold

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting.

References cited

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Recording Institution: WREX
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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