Bronze Age Socketed Spear Point, Urnfield Culture c. 1000-800 BC
Copper alloy; 155mm/130gm = big and heavy!
Con/ As Cast, original glossy green patina; cleaned and waxed.
From a small hoard of axes, sword hilts and spear points found near the Danube River. Such hoards were often deposited near rivers and wet places like swamps. As these spots were often quite inaccessible, they most probably represent gifts to the gods.
The reason that this 3000-year-old point is in such fantastic condition is due to the lack of oxygen in the mud which inhibits corrosion. See the 2nd photo to see "as arrived"
A very rare and beautiful artifact; museum quality!