These are some of the bronze axe heads found in Wales, bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, which need to be smelted at high temperature. Within a relatively short distance ( to a sea people of maritime trading) in Wales and the west country we have one of the biggest sources of tin and purest sources of copper in the ancient known world. There is also Gold rich areas close by and much evidence of advanced gold work. Wales also has one large areas of peat bog for fuel.
I think Wales may well have been a mining and smelting hub in the ancient world.
As an example, there has recently been found in Israel a ship wreck containing tin ingots chemically proven to come from the great tin mines of the west country, this I am sure is a drop in the ocean, and the great mines of Britain will be proven to have supplied much of the resources of the ancient world.
Lewis Driscoll 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Learnt about that in school
David Morgan 11 months, 1 week ago
Absolutely! I think it was a mining hub! Well known to some ancient groups! : )
Dave Beese 11 months, 1 week ago
Wales was known to be a huge source or copper throughout the UK and parts of Europe as long as 3500 yrs ago. The area around Taff’s Well where I live has evidence to suggest there was mining here during the Bronze Age.
Mike Bailey 11 months, 1 week ago