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Axe heads kept at Cornwall museum

A collection of rare Bronze Age axe heads discovered in Cornwall has gone on display in Truro after a campaign to keep the relics in the county.

The 3,000-year-old artifacts were found in perfect condition, buried in a clay pot at Mylor near Falmouth during a search using metal detectors.

The collection would have gone to the British Museum but the Royal Cornwall Museum raised about £10,000 to keep it.

The find is believed to be the biggest of its type in Cornwall.

Conservator Laura Ratcliffe said: "All finds like this would normally go to the British Museum, but they were so special we wanted to keep them for Cornwall.

"To get such a large collection in one place is pretty unusual.

"It's the biggest hoard to come out of Cornwall by a long shot."

The axe heads, all found in pristine condition, are thought to have been buried on purpose thousands of years ago.

Ms Ratcliffe said: "It could have been for security purposes or ritual, we just don't know."

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Published: 2009/01/14 10:50:45 GMT

Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
27th January 2009ce

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