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from near Keiss Broch, Caithness

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found near Keiss Broch in Caithness. It dates from around 1500 to 1150 BC.

The axehead has narrow flanges. They helped stop the axehead from slipping sideways in the haft.

Middle Bronze Age axeheads are technologically more sophisticated than the flat axeheads of the Early Bronze Age. This was because they were made with closed moulds rather than the open moulds used for the earlier axeheads.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-063-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 85
Date: 1500 - 1150 BC
Between 1500 and 1150 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 4.5" x 1.75"
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Keiss Broch
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Keiss Broch, Caithness, 1500 - 1150 BC
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 134. 
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