Axe hammer

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From Garnaburn, Preston, Ayrshire

Postcard of Axe hammer.
© National Museums Scotland

Axe hammer

An axe hammer is a massive, heavy axe-shaped stone with a hole for a wooden haft. It may have been used as a wedge when splitting logs. This example was found at Garnaburn in Ayrshire. It was used sometime between 1900 and 1600 BC.

The axe hammer is fluted on the edges.

Early people in Scotland knew how to identify different types of stone and they understood the properties of each. Some types of stones were suitable for heavy-duty uses, such as moulds, hammers or stone anvils.

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Online ID: 000-100-033-014-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AH 14
Date: Between 1900 and 1600 BC
Material: Greywacke; fluted on the edges
Dimensions: 10.25" x 5.00" x 3.00"
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Garmaburn Farm
Description: Perforated greywacke axe hammer with fluted edges, from Garmaburn Farm, Ayrshire
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