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from Callander area, Perthshire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found near Callander in Perthshire. It dates from around 1400 to 1150 BC.

The long, narrow axehead has high cast flanges.

Bronze Age axeheads were hafted in L-shaped pieces of wood. The short arm was split to hold the axehead which was then tied into position. The flanges helped stop the axehead from slipping sideways in the haft while the stop-ridge prevented the haft from slipping down the tool.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-302-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 134
Date: Between 1400 and 1150 BC
Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; high cast flanges
Dimensions: 6.30" L; 2.25" W across cutting edge; 0.95" W across butt
What: Axe, flanged
Who: J.R.H. MacFarlane (Former owner)
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Callander
Description: Bronze Age later short-flanged axe head, type Callander, from Callander
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 94-96, 137. 
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