The first bronze axes to be cast in Scandinavia have been dated to the late Neolithic period. At first, copies were made from axes made in continental Europe, but soon indigenous designs began to appear.
The very first Bronze Age artefacts that arrive in the Nordic countries from the west and the south were decorated with different kinds of patterns such as dotted lines, triangles, V shapes, zigzag patterns, rhomboids and lines.
Skeletal remains show that the Bronze Age was a violent period. For those of us who live in the area now, the degree of starvation and malnutrition people suffered seems unbearable. Yet some individuals possessed enough strength and ambition to allow them to reach high positions in society.