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Axeheads

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From Colleonard, Banffshire

Postcard of Axeheads.
000-100-034-228-C
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Axeheads

These bronze axeheads were found at Colleonard in Banffshire, carefully packed inside a pot with their cutting edges uppermost. They were probably buried as a gift to the gods, sometime between 2100 and 1850 BC.

Five of the flat axeheads are complete, and two are broken. All the axes except one of the broken ones were decorated.

Axeheads were symbols of power and prestige for a long period, probably with religious significance as well. As this hoard demonstrates, the axeheads, rather than complete axes with wooden hafts, were considered valuable and worthy to offer to the gods.


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Online ID: 000-100-034-228-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 25
Date: Between 2100 and 1850 BC
Material: Bronze; hammered on the face
Bronze; hammered on the face
Bronze; hammered on the face
Bronze; hammered on the face
Bronze; hammered on the face
Bronze; hammered on the face
Bronze; imperfect
Dimensions: 2.50" across face
3.25" x 3.25"
5.25" x 4.25"
5.50" x 3.50"
6.00" x 2.75"
6.00" x 3.00"
What: Axe, flat
Axe, flat
Axe, flat
Axe, flat
Axe, flat
Axe, flat
Axe, flat / portion
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Who:
Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Scotland, Banffshire, Colleonard
Event:
Description: Bronze flat axe, hammered on the face, from Colleonard
Bronze flat axe, hammered on the face, from Colleonard
Bronze flat axe, hammered on the face, from Colleonard
Bronze flat axe, hammered on the face, from Colleonard
Imperfect bronze flat axe from Colleonard
Bronze flat axe, hammered on the face, from Colleonard
Portion of a bronze flat axe, hammered on the face, from Colleonard
References:
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp 102-3, 181, 300-1. 
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