The first of its kind? Mystery ax discovered off the coast of Arendal

Arendal coastPhoto: Espen Bierud / Unsplash

A potential first for archeology in Norway!

A hollow ax – that archaeologists believe may date to the Bronze Age – has been found at a depth of 12 meters near Arendal.

“This is very exciting. We have no known shipwrecks from the Bronze Age, and if this find is dated to that time, it will be the first in the country,” archaeologist Frode Kvalø told Agderposten.

The ax was found by the Norwegian Maritime Museum. According to Kvalø, the site of its discovery indicates that the ax arrived there by ship.

Now, researchers are working to determine when and in what context the ax was deposited on the seabed. One theory is that the ax was part of a ship just a couple hundred years old. The second, and more exciting, hypothesis is that the ax sank over 3,000 years ago. If that’s correct, this would be the first known shipwreck site from the Bronze Age in Norway.

“This could be front-page news, or it could be uninteresting, depending on what further research shows,” section leader Sven Ahrens at the Norwegian Maritime Museum told Agderposten.

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