Early bronze age axe head found with XP DEUS WS4 detector

We would like to focus today on Terry KAY‘s story.

Terry is an involved volunteer. It can be Pike Fishing or running Football Club for the children, it does it seriously with aim. It is the same about detection: when he realized he found a hoard he worked with archaeologist so patrimony can be discovered and preserved at the same time. Here is they’re story:

“My name is TERRY KAY. I live in INVERNESS, SCOTLAND. 2 years ago, I decided I wanted to try something different to do with the great outdoors and i started metal detecting.

This year I decided that I wanted to upgrade to the XP-DEUS WS4 detector, I couldn’t afford the full DEUS. So being keen to try it out I went to a local field which I had permission. I found it amazing as it DID what it said it would do.

After a couple of weeks whilst detecting around the end of September a few miles from Inverness in a field that myself and fellow detectorist Bill Greig had been keen to get in since we started metal detecting 2 years ago, As every time we got to it, it had be re-ploughed and re-planted before we got a chance to detect on it but this time we were lucky or was it fate?

While detecting on this field with the XP DEUS WS4 by myself this time I received a very strong signal. So I decided to dig were the signal was at its strongest and to my surprise and Delight I uncovered a beautiful Early Bronze Age Flat Axe which was quite near the surface I would estimate it at about 5 inches from the surface. Realising the significance of my discovery I informed Treasure Trove in Edinburgh and I also liaised with local Archaeologist Mr Eric Grant from NOSAS.

I was even more pleased to learn that THE Axe Head I had discovered dated from 2200-2000 BC and that it was of a relatively unusual type as it was covered in tin during manufacture making it a spectacular shining object .Rather than being used for cutting wood etc. This axe was probably ritually deposited in the ground possibly along with other axes or some kind of other metal objects.

I am currently in the process of searching for these with baited breath.

I am so proud that I have discovered something like this and knowing that it will be seen by thousands of people long after I am gone I still get excited when I think about it and whilst showing it to my friends and family I get nervous because I get worried that they will drop it so I don’t let too many people handle it as I have to give it to Treasure Trove this week.”

Dr Eric Grant has been contacted also, about this find he adds:

“Terry has been very helpful in lending me the axe to show to a Bronze Age specialist from the National Museums of Scotland who confirmed that it was an excellent example of a Migdale type flat axe dating to about 2000 BC. When the axe was made the surface was tinned, giving it a splendid shining appearance. It is likely that the axe was a ritual deposit or placed in grave rather than being used for woodworking. Terry also persuaded the Teasure Trove unit to let him keep the axe a bit longer so that I could display it at a lecture on the archaeology of the local area that I had already arranged to give to the North of Scotland Archaeological Society on 21 October 2014.”

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