This magnificent axe-head was discovered in West Park, Long Eaton in 1968. It dates to the Early Bronze Age period, approximately 2000 BC. An examination of the stone suggests that the axe was made somewhere near Nuneaton. The polished finish shows how
skilled the maker must have been. A hole has been drilled at one end to allow a shaft of wood to be attached and used as a handle.
The Bronze Age in Britain lasted from roughly 2500 BC to 700 BC and was a period of great change. The production and use of bronze tools and weapons increased dramatically across Britain, and this is why it is known as the 'Bronze Age'. Farming also increased and people began to grow crops and keep animals for food. This development meant that groups of people began to settle permanently in one place forming small communities for the first time.
Stone tools and weapons, such as this one, were still used in the Bronze Age, particularly in the early part of the period as it is likely that bronze would have been obtainable only to rich individuals. However, the use of stone tools and weapons gradually decreased as bronze became more readily available and became the more dominant material.
If you would like to see other artefacts from the Museums archaeological collection and learn more about the archaeology of Erewash visit our 'What Lies Beneath' Gallery.