Huge Bronze Age treasure hoard dating back 3,000 years may have been offering to the gods

Mail Online | 10/21/2019 | Connor Boyd For Mailonline
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Hundreds of Bronze Age weapons discovered on a building site by the banks of the Thames may have been an offering to the gods, experts say.

The treasure trove of 453 artefacts dating back nearly 3,000 years was discovered in Havering, east London, last September.

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Axes, swords, spears, rings, daggers and copper ingots make up the ancient collection, which dates from between 800BC and 900BC.

They were found by archaeologists who were asked to look at a site being developed for gravel extraction.

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Experts believe the location may have been a weapon shop or blacksmiths due to how carefully the items were grouped together.

They also haven't ruled out the collection being an offering to the gods, a common practice in Bronze Age societies.

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The find was officially declared a treasure earlier this year and is the third largest Bronze Age discovery ever in the UK.

Dubbed the Havering Hoard, it will form the centrepiece of a major exhibition at the Museum of London from April.

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Curator Kate Sumnall, from the Museum of London, said: 'This exceptional discovery came up. We can tell a lot about what life was like for Bronze Age people living in this part of London.

'Hoarding is something we see a lot of in the late Bronze Age. We don't have all the answers. Our knowledge of the Bronze Age is quite fragmentary.

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'But every time we find something it gives us another piece in that jigsaw puzzle.

'This may have been a store, for a metal worker, or some...
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