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Seller: palatina (5,505) 100%, Location: Heidelberg, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362268625265 Combined shipping is possible! EUROPEAN PREHISTORIC ARTIFACTS BY PALATINA AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED! This great Central European artifact is a flanged ax belonging to the Central Europe early Bronze Age (2000–1600 BC). Flanged axes were used throughout Europe. The name is derived from the ridges that are along the sides of the axe shaft. These ridges were pounded into shape by a hammer or the form was created by a cast. The ridges were designed to keep the axe firm and tight in the handle. This particular axe style dates back to the early/Middle Bronze Age in central Europe. The central European term for such an axe is Randleistenbeil. The Bronze Age, evolving out of the preceding Chalcolithic period, is a fascinating moment of evolution with important economic and social changes as metallurgy develops, while stone implements are still being used and made. Mining expands with ensuing contacts and commercialization; fire is mastered and a new class of metalworkers emerges. Most of the production is composed of tools and weapons such as celts, axes, spearheads, daggers and swords; personal ornaments such as bracelets, fibulas, torques are also made in considerable quantity. Parallel with the above, gold was sought after and beautifully fashioned, in part to answer the demands of a new warrior aristocracy. The Bronze Age smith was particularly sensitive to line and form as exemplified by his production. The chronology of this period is somewhat in flux and arbitrary, though many dates are based on sound contexts from excavation. The divisions between the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Age differ according to countries and schools of thought. The Bronze Age is part of the three-age system for prehistoric societies. In that system, it follows the Stone Age and is followed by the Iron Age. Provenance is an old German collection. More details will follow the arrow head. I guarantee absolutely for the authenticity of this outstanding European Bronze Age artifact. Please view also my other auctions with relics from the European Prehistory. etope-lister

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