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Metal Detector Enthusiast Finds Rare Bronze Age Axe Head 7 years 11 months ago #8860

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Metal Detector Enthusiast Finds Rare Bronze Age Axe Head
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Alan and Edwina Abbott with a Bronze Age Axe Head that was found on Fir Tree Farm Rainford.

UK - Fifty-two-year-old historian Steve Hickling, from Huyton, was hunting for treasure in the grounds of Fir Tree Farm Shop and Cafe, in St Helens, earlier this year when he uncovered the axe head.

He told the ECHO: "It's as rare as hen's teeth.

"It's something that you don't find every day and I've only been in the hobby for 12 months."

The history of the axe head, said to be one of only 1,000 known to experts, was recently verified by the Museum of Liverpool's finds liaison officer, Vanessa Oakden.

She said: "It is a copper alloy flat axe from the early to middle Bronze Age, dated from 1850- 1750BC.

"Currently it is the only Bronze Age flat axe which has been recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme from Merseyside."

The relic is four inches long with the blade now rounded at the end.

Steve said his friends at South Lancashire and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club were impressed with his discovery.

He said: “Some of them have been doing it for 30 years and never found anything like this.”

Steve said he had been inspired to keep up his hobby after his trusty Garret Ace 250 metal detector helped him unearth the axe head.

He said: "It's not a dear machine; it's a starter machine really.

"I'll be carrying on with it. You never know – it would be nice to find something worth a few bob but it's not the end of the world if you don't."

Steve now wants his find to go on display at Fir Tree Farm, and owner Edwina Abbott said she is happy to oblige.

She said: "We're going to have it on show in the farm shop.

“We couldn't believe it when Steve found it.

"All we could say was 'wow’. It’s not an area renowned for Bronze Age artifacts."

Edwina, who runs the farm with her husband Alan, said she plans to place the axe head in a cabinet alongside some musket balls and coins which were also unearthed.

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