South East Wales

Early Bronze Age axes found in Llanover deemed treasure

Axe heads Image copyright National Museum of Wales

Three early Bronze Age axe heads found in Monmouthshire have been declared treasure.

They were unearthed in a field in Llanover in August 2014 by Peter Shephard while he was metal detecting.

It is believed they were buried in a ritual ceremony up to 3,750 years ago.

National Museum Wales expert Adam Gwilt said one appeared to be more advanced with a stop across the middle which would have improved the way a wooden handle was attached.

"These axes provide important new information about the development and use of bronze tools," he said.

The museum hopes to acquire the hoard.

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