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from Jordanshill, Meigle, Perthshire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Jordanshill at Meigle in Perthshire. It dates from between 1850 and 1650 BC.

The flat axehead has straight sides which then splay at the bottom to give a wide cutting edge. The edges have been hammered into flutings and the body decorated with a chevron design.

A large number of bronze axeheads dating to the Early Bronze Age have been found. Some were clearly everyday objects, used to chop trees and other woodwork. Other were prestige objects, and must have been symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-258-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 71
Date: Between 1850 and 1650 BC
Material: Bronze; flutings on edges; chevron ornament
Dimensions: 5.88" x 2.88" across cutting edge
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Meigle, Jordanstone
Description: Bronze flat axe with flutings on the edges and chevron ornament, from Jordanstone
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 15, 84. 
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