The Iceman hand axe.

<p>a) It is the oldest axe found complete of the copper blade, hide strips, birch tar, and handle made of yew wood, so that it has been carefully dated by radiocarbon methods (figure from <a href="http://www.iceman.it/" target="_blank">www.iceman.it</a>, modified) b) Casting defects and deformation in the talon of the copper blade. The microsample here analyzed was extracted from the major cavity.</p>