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Battle axe

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From Burnside Mill, Forfar, Angus

Battle axe
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This stone battle axe was found in a cist at Burnside Mill at Forfar in Angus. Although it could have functioned as a weapon, its main purpose was to be a symbol of power. It dates from between 2200 and 2000 BC.

Battle-axe of porphyritic micrograndorite with straight-sided perforation, from a short cist at Burnside Mill, Forfar, Angus

Battle axes were adapted from Continental Europe around the time when metallurgy was introduced to Scotland.

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