Axehead of stone

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From near Kintore, Aberdeenshire

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Axehead of stone

This stone axehead, of porcellanite, was found near Kintore in Aberdeenshire. It is one of a number of objects made of porcellanite and flint from County Antrim in north-east Ireland that were imported to Scotland sometime between 3500 and 2500 BC.

The dark blue-grey, polished axehead is chipped at the end.

Close links existed between Scotland and Ireland from at least the time of the first farming communities. People, objects and ideas flowed across the sea in both directions. Porcellanite from Ireland was prized as a desirable type of rock for axeheads.

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Online ID: 000-100-033-004-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AF 1051
Date: Between 3500 and 3740 BC
Material: Porcellanite, dark grey
Dimensions: 4.40" L
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Kintore
Description: Axe head of dark grey Antrim porcellanite, from near Kintore, Aberdeenshire
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