Axehead of bronze

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From the Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire

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Axehead of bronze

This bronze axehead was found at Forest of Birse in Aberdeenshire. It is of a type made in Sweden, and was either imported to Scotland from there or copied from a Scandinavian example early between 950 and 750 BC.

Bronze socketed axe with three raised bands passing through the loop, from Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire

This axehead demonstrates the existence of links across the North Sea during the early first millennium BC. These links were probably connected with the supply of bronze from bronze-rich areas to Scandinavia, which lacked native supplies.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-615-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 13
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; three raised bands passing through the loop
Dimensions: 2.88" x 1.63"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Forest of Birse
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 44, 66. 
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