palstave

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palstave

(ˈpɔːlˌsteɪv)
n
(Archaeology) archaeol a kind of celt, usually of bronze, made to fit into a split wooden handle rather than having a socket for the handle
[C19: from Danish paalstav, from Old Norse, from páll spade + stafr staff1]

palstave

An ancient bronze implement like an ax head, made to fit into a split wooden handle.
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The bronze moulds for palstaves from La Macolla (Linares de Riofrio, Salamanca).
1987): "A pair of bronze palstave moulds from Harling", Norfolk Archaeology, 40, pp.
The hoard, dating between 1300BC and 1150BC and consisting of five bronze palstaves - a type of early axe - was discovered by a metal-detectorist in Nantmel, Powys, during August and September 2009.
A spokesman for the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust said: "The five well-preserved bronze palstaves which were found recently by detectorist Graham Radbone in the Nantmel area of Radnorshire, make an important addition to our knowledge about Bronze Age activity in an area where relatively little else of this period is known.
The palstaves, a type of Bronze Age hafted axe, are so similar to one another that some at least were probably cast from the same mould.
Palstaves were thought to be common in the mid Bronze Age in north, western and south-western Europe.
They were found buried alongside two palstaves - a type of axe - and a chisel within a small pot.