Sickles had great symbolic significance beyond their purely functional value. As burial objects they marked their owner as the owner of land, in hoards; they represented a high value as implement money. The five sickles of Daerstorf may once have been sunk in the moor as a consecration gift to the gods.
Age: 1200 v. Chr. Bronze Age
Bronze Age: Metal extraction began as early as 6,000 years ago in the Middle East, but reached Europe not until much later. Bronze, a copper-tin alloy, first appeared in Western Europe around 1800 BC. The use of metal was accompanied by historical developments of the greatest importance. Mining and processing required distribution; i.e., exchange and transport of raw materials. There were numerous transport routes and means for large quantities of ore and finished products. Transport was obviously by cart - which presupposed the general spread of the wheel - but also across rivers by raft and dugout canoe.