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from Durris, Kincardineshire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead is from a hoard of six axes found under a cairn of stones at Durris in Kincardineshire. The hoard was buried sometime between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The flat axehead is the most common form in the Early Bronze Age. As with most flat axeheads, it is undecorated.

Axeheads were symbols of power and prestige for a long period, probably with religious significance as well. They were sometimes buried as offerings to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-243-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 49
Date: Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Bronze Age
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 5.75" x 3.75"
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Kincardineshire, Mearns, Durris
Description: Bronze Age flat axe from Durris, Kincardineshire
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 15-26, 34, 82, 106. 
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