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from Migdale, Sutherland

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Migdale in Sutherland. It dates from around 1500-1150 BC.

The flanged axehead is badly corroded and pitted, with damaged edges. It has flanges and a stop-ridge.

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: 000-100-104-848-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 150
Date: 1500 - 1150 BC
Between 1500 and 1150 BC
Material: Bronze; axe head badly corroded and pitted; file marks on blade face
Dimensions: 123 mm L; cutting edge 37 mm W
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Sutherland, Migdale
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Migdale, Sutherland, 1500 - 1150 BC
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