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Bronze Age Metalwork

Copper AxesThe earliest metal tools were made from copper.  Later, it was discovered that by melting copper together with tin, it formed a harder metal, bronze, and this became the main type of metal. 

Early Bronze Age tools and weapons included flat axes, spearheads, daggers and halberds.  Later, the tools and weapons became more technologically advanced and war-like, and included rapiers, swords and shields. 

The collections contain a wide range of metal tools, weapons and other objects including horns and cauldrons.