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from Kilmuir, Skye

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Kilmuir on the island of Skye. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The socketed axehead is plain and somewhat corroded. A wooden handle would have fitted into the axehead's socket. A thong through the loop could also have attached the axehead to the handle.

The range of metal objects expanded during the 2nd millennium BC. A development in the form of axeheads from flat axeheads to ones with flanges, can be seen. In the 1st millennium BC, socketed axeheads are the most common form.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-690-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 41
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 3.25" x 2.00"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Kilmuir
Description: Bronze socketed axe from Kilmuir, Skye, 950 - 750 BC
  • 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. p 69. 
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