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Axe heads kept at Cornwall museum

The axe heads were buried on purpose

A collection of rare Bronze Age axe heads discovered in Cornwall has gone on display in Truro after a campaign to keep the relics in the county.

The 3,000-year-old artifacts were found in perfect condition, buried in a clay pot at Mylor near Falmouth during a search using metal detectors.

The collection would have gone to the British Museum but the Royal Cornwall Museum raised about 10,000 to keep it.

The find is believed to be the biggest of its type in Cornwall.

Conservator Laura Ratcliffe said: "All finds like this would normally go to the British Museum, but they were so special we wanted to keep them for Cornwall.

"To get such a large collection in one place is pretty unusual.

"It's the biggest hoard to come out of Cornwall by a long shot."

The axe heads, all found in pristine condition, are thought to have been buried on purpose thousands of years ago.

Ms Ratcliffe said: "It could have been for security purposes or ritual, we just don't know."

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