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Stone age to Bronze Age Europe Antiquities

The Bronze Age and Iron Age did not begin or end simultaneously across the world or even across Europe. The Aegean Bronze Age succeeded the Neolithic about 3200 BC. Iron working was introduced to Europe in the late 11th century BC, probably from the Caucasus, and slowly spread northwards and westwards over the succeeding 500 years. In Northern Europe the Bronze Age lasted until about 600 BC.


Celts, Danube Region, Bronze Ring Money, c. 800 - 100 B.C.

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Ring money of bronze, of silver, and of gold was used by the Celts in trade from Ireland to the Danube region. The dating of Celtic ring money is uncertain. Some authorities date the use of ring money from as early as 800 B.C. and it may have been used as late as 100 B.C. Some believe the bronze rings are actually just strap fittings, not a trade currency. Bronze rings are, however, sometimes found in quite large hoards and, in Spain, they are sometimes found with silver bar and disk ingots, and with 2nd century B.C. denarii of the Roman Republic. Undoubtedly they were used as fittings but they were also undoubtedly used as a store of wealth and for trade.
SH54756. Bronze Ring Money, Victoor -, see Topalov Apollonia II p. 104 - 105 for similar type, Choice VF, weight 18.636 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, extremely rare and interesting piece; apparently unpublished; SOLD


Greek, Rhodian, Archaic Terracotta Ram, 7th Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT34365. Archaic terracotta ram; cf. Malloy Artifacts of Ancient Civilizations 1370; complete, intact, and rare, Choice, 6.5 cm (2 1/2") high, 9 cm (3 1/2") long; reddish cream terracotta; ram with crude tail, large eye, slight modeling of mane and chin appendage, unmounted; SOLD


Celtic, Gaul or Iberia, La Tne - Hallstatt Variant Fibula, c. 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

This very unusual fibula with one-piece construction is similar to those of the La Tne Culture from the 3rd to 1st Century B.C. The cord wrapped around the head is rare, but known from some Gallic and Iberian Celtic fibula. The perforated catch-plate is a Hallstatt characteristic. The large number of windings on this piece perhaps indicates a later date, but is known on some early pieces. One-piece construction was rapidly replaced by the easier to manufacture two-piece construction in the middle of the 1st century A.D. We date this type as most likely from the 3rd century B.C. to the 1st century B.C. but it could be from as early as the 6th century B.C. or as late as the mid-first century A.D.
AI36104. Bronze fibula; Hattatt -;1 x 1 inches; one-piece construction; open spring and cord, cord wrapped around the head, Superb, perforated catch-plate, decorated with incised V shaped lines complete and intact, fine green patina, with wood base for display; rare, without close parallel in Hattatt, and extremely rare in this condition; SOLD


Archaic Greek, Terracotta Cock

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT34409. 10 cm (4") high, cream terracotta; head of cock with crested head, large eyes and cylindrical beak, Choice, with black base stand; of great rarity; SOLD


Italy, AE Formatum Bronze Axe Head, c. 5th - 4th Century B.C.

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Bronze axe heads were used for exchange across Europe even before 1000 B.C. This nearly complete bronze axe head dates much later, c. 5 - 4th Century B.C. It was never used to cut wood, but was cast to serve as currency.
AS83619. Bronze Aes Formatum, Aes formatum bronze axe, Near complete and intact, small chip at blunt end, weight 98.321 g, maximum diameter 93.2 mm, SOLD


Celts, Eastern Europe, Bronze Axe Head, Middle Bronze Age, c. 1200 - 900 B.C.

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AG50368. Bronze axe head, 7.2 x 3.8 cm, nice patina, Choice, small split at socket, SOLD


Western Black Sea Area, Hamangia Culture, Stone Axe Head, c. 5,500 - 3,500 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AA35467. Hamangia Culture stone axe head; cf. Beriu, Romania Pl. 2-17; black polished stone, straight edges, one side slightly incuse; 46 mm long, Average, SOLD


Iberian, Barbed Bronze Arrowhead, 8th - 5th Century B.C.

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AS35418. Iberian arrowhead; 5.7 mm long, attractive, Choice, SOLD


Eastern Europe, Hamangia Culture, Steatite Adze Head, c. 5,500 - 3,500 B.C.

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The Hamangia culture is a Late Neolithic archaeological culture of Dobruja between the Danube and the Black Sea and Muntenia and in the south. It is named after the site of Baia-Hamangia, discovered in 1952 along Lake Golovita. -- Wikipedia
AA37520. Hamangia Culture stone adze head; polished black steatite, straight edges and rounded sides; 46 mm long, Superb, from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; SOLD


Iberia, Bronze Arrowhead, Bronze Age, 1000 - 700 B.C.

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AS34502. Spanish bronze arrowhead; cf. Savory, Spain & Portugal Ancient Peoples, Fig 72. G var. 4150; 2.7 cm (1") long, deltoid cast head with long pointed barbs; SOLD




  




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Early European Antiquities