Axehead (side)

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from Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Axehead (side).
© National Museums Scotland

Axehead (side)

This iron axehead was found in a Viking grave mound at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides. The man was buried with weapons and ornaments from Scandinavia and the British Isles between 900 and 950.

This picture shows the axehead from the side. It is quite thin, particularly at the eye where the haft was inserted.

Viking men, especially those coming from a Norwegian home or background, were buried with a wide array of goods. These often included a range of weapons, tools, personal ornaments and feasting equipment. The richest men had even more.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-721-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0036: Kiloran Bay Viking Burial (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 167
Date: Between 900 and 950
Material: Iron
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg
Description: Iron axe head of Viking type, from Eigg
  • Graham-Campbell, James and Batey, Colleen E. Vikings in Scotland. An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh: University Press, 1998, p 84. 
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, p 68. 
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