smith's hoard

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Term applied to collections of Bronze Age metalwork found in northern Europe that appear to represent the tools and stock‐in‐trade of a metalworker. Thus they typically contain broken tools and weapons cut up for recycling, ingots, moulds, and tools for working metal. It is speculated that these hoards were deposited or concealed by itinerant smiths for safety, but for whatever reason they were never able to recover them. Also known as founder's hoards.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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