BRONZE AGE FLINT

A private collection led to the discovery of a Bronze Age settlement in Brantevik.

There is a major collection of ancient remains at Råkulle gård, Brantevik, that includes objects found by the farmer Åke Håkansson. The collection is currently curated by his son Bernt. These items were collected from the family’s farmland south and west of the fishing harbour and along the seashore south of Brantevik. The collection includes a couple of very special items that have been dated to the transition from the late Neolithic period to the early Bronze Age around 1800 BCE.

In 1995, archaeologists discovered a Bronze Age settlement on the western outskirts of Brantevik, which turned out to have been populated throughout the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. Åke Håkansson already knew that ancient remains cropped up there from time to time. Some of these have kindly been lent to this exhibition.

The magnificent, impressively large flint dagger was once 30 centimetres long and made by a skilled flint worker from a type of flint that is only found in western Scania and Denmark. This type of dagger belongs to a very specialized set of tools, believed to have been manufactured in workshops located near major flint quarries since they require access to freshly quarried flint.

The small, flat arrowhead is made from opaque, milky quartz. It is an extremely unusual find in Scania. The technology required to make quartz objects was not known in Scania where there was plenty of flint. This arrowhead was probably made in central or northern Sweden, and is thereby an example of trade with faraway places.