John Wood wrote
>>I really can't see what all the fuss is about. It is an easy mistake for anyone to make when they discover an axe. As we all know all Vikings wore animal skins, woven cloaks, horned helmets and held axes to threaten those they were about to rape and pillage. Axes are their trademark! So if you find one in the ground it is more than likely that it will be Viking, who else would leave them lying around? Not the Romans, they had short swords and spear-things, the Normans had long swords and arrows for shooting at kings, so would would have an axe but a Viking!!<<
There's one other sort of person never seen without an axe, of course. Many years ago a collector showed me proudly a photograph of a 'medieval executioner's axe' he'd bought from a respected antique arms and armour dealer. I suggested it was totally impracticable for such a purpose, and was instead a rather well-known type of French carpenter's shaping or broad axe, 18th or 19th century - and if he didn't believe me, I could put him on to an expert on woodworking tools - who confirmed my identification. I believe the collector managed to get his money back from the dealer.