European Bronze Age farmers differed from their stone-cutting predecessors – they used horses and chariots to work; kept flocks of sheep for woollen clothing; and used bronze as a standard commodity of exchange. Technological development was rapid, the manufacture of tools and weapons increased and specialised equipment emerged for shaving, woodworking, and metalworking. The sickle blade was a common tool during the Bronze Age in Europe, and served an agricultural purpose, harvesting crops or cutting forage. However, many further sickles have been found with a symbolic or religious significance attached to them.
To learn more about art and culture in the Bronze Age, visit our relevant blog post: The Bronze Age.