Long term corrosion phenomena are generally not obtained in laboratorial corrosion experiments. Particular features, such as strong intergranular corrosion, can be an indication of the antiquity of a metallic artefact. In the present study, various corrosion features from several archaeological bronze artefacts, with ages ranging from 2 to 5 millenniums, are examined using optical and scanning electron microscopies. Elemental composition was obtained through micro-EDXRF analyses. Corrosion patterns could, in some occasions, be related to specific thermomechanical treatments performed before burial and, in others, with particular phases present in the artefact.