The five large Bronze Age axes recently found in Nørre Snede in Jutland have been labelled a “crazy, breakthrough” find by archaeologists.
The five large axes – found in a field in Boest near Nørre Snede – are twice the size of typical axe finds, according to Constanze Rassmann, an archaeologist and museum curator with Museum Midtjylland.
“I’m really buzzing about this find,” Rassmann told TV2 News. “Until now, five such axes have been found in the whole of northern Europe, and then we find five more all at once. It’s fantastic.”
“The axes are very beautiful. They have been carefully placed next to and on top of one another and it is likely they were buried as an offering to the gods.”
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The axes – all with heads up to 30 cm long and weighing in at one kilo of pure metal – have been dated back to about 1600 BC and are one the earliest Bronze Age finds in Denmark.
The find also underlined that Boest was a wealthy area during the Bronze Age –something that earlier finds in the area have also indicated.
The axes will be kept at Museum Midtjylland before being shipped to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen later on.