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Axehead

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from near Perth, Perthshire

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found near Perth in Perthshire. It was probably used as a charm. The axehead dates from around 2050 to 1850 BC.

The edges of the axehead have been hammered to create slight flanges which have been decorated with rope mouldings. One face is also decorated with lines of punched dots. The axehead has a stop-ridge which prevented the haft from slipping down the tool.

Axeheads were symbols of power and prestige for a long period, probably with religious significance as well. Some axeheads are elaborately decorated, suggesting that they had symbolic rather than everyday functions.

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