Archaeologist Kurt Adams, from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, said he went to see the find at Stroud Museum on Thursday.
He said: “It’s definitely an 18th or 19th Century woodworking tool – a heavy duty woodworking axe.
“Axes can be quite difficult to date because the form fits the function – but having said that Viking and battle axes are quite distinct.
“A single artefact doesn’t show evidence for a battle, as it could have been an object which was traded or lost.”
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