A coffin, containing the remains of a man and a perfectly preserved axe, were found by chance during works at Tetney golf course. The coffin and its contents are thought to date from 4,000 years ago. According to the archaeologists, the axe seems more a symbol of authority than a practical tool, while the coffin gives an insight into how social hierarchy was marked out in the early Bronze Age. The axe is extremely rare, there’s thought to be only 12 known from Britain, especially because the wooden haft survives as well as the stone head.The axe is now at York Archaeological Trust where recording and conservation work continues.
Surveyed by Historic England Geospatial Survey Team.
Overall length 340mm, axe head approx 69mm x 24mm x 22mm, shaft approx 17mm diameter