Axehead of stone

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From Ervie, Wigtownshire

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Axehead of stone

This stone axe head, made from claystone, comes from Ervie in Wigtownshire. It could have been used as a tool or a weapon. The axe was made between 3800 and 2000 BC.

The ground axehead has faceted sides. A stain left by its wooden haft is visible across its upper part.

Ground stone axeheads were used by early farming communities as tools for felling trees and working wood. They could also have been used as weapons, rather like native American tomahawks.

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Online ID: 000-100-032-681-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AF 30
Date: Between 3800 and 1500 BC
Material: Indurated claystone; flattened edges; showing mark of handle across the upper part
Dimensions: 8.00" x 2.00"
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Ervie
Description: Stone axe head with haft mark, showing the characteristic angle of axe head to haft, from Ervie, Wigtownshire
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