Bronze Age Razor Discovery Raises Exciting Questions (Video)
In the exploration of Must Farm's (a Bronze Age settlement at Must Farm quarry near Peterborough, England) archaeological treasures, the revelation of a Bronze Age razor unveils a surprising facet of ancient grooming practices. Dispelling the stereotypical image of unkempt prehistoric individuals, the meticulously crafted razors discovered in male burials hint at a culture that valued cleanliness. Unlike their modern counterparts, these razors, although commonly associated with elite male culture, defy a clear contemporary equivalent. The sharp blades, distinct from other tools found in the settlement, leave their purpose open to speculation. The razors, found alongside items like swords and axes, raise questions about their multifaceted utility. While traditionally linked to shaving, the possibility of their involvement in textile production emerges.
Expert speculation contemplates their role in trimming and cutting threads and yarns, considering the fine precision required for weaving. The razors, cast into molds and adorned with intricate decorations, offer a glimpse into the craftsmanship of the time. Structure 4's tight cluster of objects, including razors, within a Craft Space adds another layer to their mysterious presence. As they coexist with axes, sickles, and spears, the razors resist easy categorization, suggesting a versatility beyond personal grooming. The absence of personal items in designated living spaces further challenges assumptions, placing these razors among the realm of general objects in Must Farm's intricate Bronze Age tapestry.
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Top image: Must Farm razor. Source: YouTube Screenshot / AncientCraftUK.