Archaeologists In Bulgaria Have Unearthed The Largest Supply Of Copper Age Axes Ever Found In Europe

Kristine Moore

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have unearthed a huge supply of Copper Age axes and ax hammers which were found to date back 6,500 years, and these ancient tools have just made history as this is the first time that such an immense number of Bronze Age tools like these have been found together in Europe.

As Archaeology in Bulgaria reports, the Bronze Age axes and axe hammers were discovered in the Silistra District of northeast Bulgaria, very close to the town of Polkovnik Taslakovo, with the find of this massive hoard reported by archaeologist Dimitar Chernakov.

The prehistoric tools that were discovered total 22 in number and contain 18 flat axes along with four well-preserved axe hammers, with the total volume of these tools found to be over 25 pounds.

In a study that was recently completed on these Bronze Age, or Chalcolithic, tools, Chernakov explained that these can be traced back to "the second/third phase of the cultural complex Kodjadermen – Gumelnița – Karanovo VI" as the axes were discovered "in the periphery of intense long-lasting populating and cultural processes in the area of Kodjadermen – Gumelnița – Karanovo VI."

Chernakov also stated that the Bronze Age tools found in Bulgaria are very likely to have been produced in one of the many processing centers for metal that existed at the time of the Chalcolithic civilization in areas that are now known as Sozopol, Durankulak, and Varna. Once the tools had been manufactured, they would have been sent to different regions in the Balkan Peninsula.

"The axes were then prepared and sent for distribution into the internal part of the Balkan Peninsula."

"The discovered find is the largest of its kind in Europe so far. It is a testimony to the development and sophistication of the earliest metallurgy in human history. The axes bear hardly any traces that they were used which leads to the supposition that they were not meant for practical purposes but were an indicator of prestige, or were were used as means of exchange."