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Real Bronze Age Axe Head

(This is in the Stone Age artefact box)

Can you answer the questions below by spinning this image and using the extra pictures?

Extra information and pictures

Bronze age axe from our stone age artefacts box for primary schools
Bronze Age Axe from our stone age artefacts box for primary schools
Bronze Age Axe from our stone age artefacts box for primary schools

Questions

1. What is bronze made from?

2. Bronze turns green in the ground and doesn’t rust.  Why is this better than Iron for archaeologists?

3. Why do you think it was made hollow instead of solid?

Answers down here - no peeking until you're ready!

1. What is bronze made from?

 

ANSWER: 9 parts of copper and 1 part of tin

 

2. Bronze turns green in the ground and doesn’t rust.  Why is this better than Iron for archaeologists?

 

ANSWER: Because a lot of iron items rust away while Bronze doesn’t.

 

3. Why do you think it was made hollow instead of solid?

 

ANSWER: To save metal as Bronze was very expensive.

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