A wonderful Boat Axe from Mecklenburg found in the 1890ies. The so called boat axe culture (about 2000 BC), an outlier of the European Battle-Ax ( Corded Ware) cultures is named after its boat-shaped battle axes made of stone.
Thousands of these axes have been found, as stray findings and in single graves, mainly in Southern Scandinavia and Northern Germany. Isolated finds are known from Southern Germany and Northern France. One of the finest specimens I know can bee seen in the Amiens Museum. Boat Axes are interpreted as non-utilitarian prestige goods.
The controversies about the European Battle-Ax culture have been discussed during later posts: