Prehistoric axe discovered near Llangollen

Published date: 23 May 2014 |
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REMAINS of a prehistoric axe were discovered near Llangollen.

A bronze socketed axe fragment and a similar base fragment were the subject of a treasure trove inquest held at Wrexham Guildhall yesterday.

The discovery, made by John Jones in April, 2012, was described as “unusual” because some of the fragments’ more unique features.

In a report Adam Gwilt, of the National Museum of Wales, said the fragments were made up largely of lead with some traces of tin and copper.

The fragments were found less than two metres away from one another and were cited as an example of prehistoric alloy technology rare to the late Bronze Age.

The report added the National Museum of Wales would seek to acquire the Llangollen find because of “its unusual character and linked technological and social interest”.

The report added both the finder and the landowner would waive their claims to a reward.

North Wales East and Central coroner John Gittins ruled that because of their significance and age and even though they did not contain amounts of precious metals, the fragments would still be qualified as treasure.

The fragments are among a series of Bronze Age finds discovered in the area.

A number of axe heads have been found on the hill on which Dinas Brân stands while bronze spearheads were discovered at quarries near World’s End.

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