Joakim and Jørgen Korstad, two metal detector hobbyist brothers in January 2017 unearthed nine celts (socketed axes), a casting mould, a spearhead, and a fragment most probably from a bronze lur from a field in the Stjørdal municipality.

In late April, another such discovery was made in a field in the Hegra village. Many axe heads some fragments and a knife blade was unearthed. These date back to the Late Bronze age, approximately in the 1100-500 BCE.

Stjørdal municipality is an area with a concentration of ancient rock carvings and rock art. All these objects, in total 30 artifacts, got buried some 3,000 years ago, either for some religious purposes or temporarily cached with the intention of modifying the metal later, as was the practice then.

"The 24 axes are a particularly special part of this discovery. There have never been so many axes in a single deposit before in Norway, and they're rare in the Scandinavian context," says an archaeologist.

Archaeologists are hoping to go for another excavation of the Hegra field. They believe that this would help them better comprehend the context of the findings, including why the objects were cached.

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