Flanged Axe from the Middle Bronze Age
Lostallo, around 1500 B.C.
In the 19th century the interest for archaeological research awakened. But in Graubünden scientific excavations, as we know them today, were not yet carried out. However, in chance finds one recognised proof of earlier settlements and trade relations. Archaeological objects, therefore, belonged to the main focus of the collection right from the start.
Flanged axes made of bronze, such as this find from the Misox, used to serve as a versatile tool for different woodwork or as a weapon. However, because of the soft metal only fresh wood could be worked and the blade quickly became blunt.