Bronze Age Axe Head Unearthed on Harden Moor
A novice metal detectorist has unearthed a Bronze Age relic after just four months.
Anthony Lee, 28, found a 3,500 year old palstave axe head on Harden Moor.
The stonemason caught the treasure hunting bug this Summer and bought a metal detector.After digging up some Georgian and Victorian coins, along with a lot of scrap, using a second hand detector Anthony invested in a £400 Minelab Safari.
Anthony, who works for Bingley Stone, in Cullingworth, said:”I always fancied trying metal detecting and when I was in Scotland I tried it and then bought a second hand Garrett Ace 250 for £40.
“I then upgraded.”
Anthony, who is pictured with his two-and-a-half year old daughter Lacy Grace, then researched local history and discovered a 1905 article about an old fort on Harden Moor.
Last Wednesday, 27th September, Anthony was helping a friend experiment with his new metal detector.
“It was my first time in the field and I was helping my mate find a signal. I picked one up but he couldn't find it,” said Anthony.
“I dug down 8 inches and still couldn’t find it. I then dug down to 14 inches and found the axe head laying on a layer of clay.
“A few of my friends had always wanted to find an axe head, so I couldn’t believe what I had found.”
The Bronze Age find dates from 1,300-1,500 BC and is 5-and-a-half inches long, 1 inch thick and 1-and-a-half inches broad.
Anthony said:”I have been very lucky. People have been doing this for five or six years and have never found anything like this.
“I have looked at the Treasure Act and I could report my find to the Coroner, but I don’t have to. I think I’m just going to keep it.”
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