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From Ferintosh, Ross-Shire

Postcard of Mould.
© National Museums Scotland


This stone mould was found at Ferintosh in Ross-shire. It was used to cast flat bronze axeheads sometime between 2300 and 1750 BC.

This side of the mould has two matrices for casting flat axeheads of different size and shape.

Around a dozen stone moulds dating to this period for making bronze objects, especially flat axes, have been found in Scotland, with a concentration in the north east. They indicate an area of bronze working, especially for a common form of flat axe.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-215-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.CM 32
Date: Between 2300 and 1750 BC
Material: Stone; for flat bronze axe; two matrices
Dimensions: 8" x 5.88" x 2"
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Ferintosh
Description: Mould
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 29-33, 91. 
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