Battle axe

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From Burnside Mill, Forfar, Angus

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© National Museums Scotland

Battle axe

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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Online ID: 000-100-033-059-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AH 142
Date: Between 2200 and 2000 BC
Material: Stone, porphyritic; with straight-sided perforation
Dimensions: 4.50" L x 2.25" max W x 1.94" thick
What: Axe, battle
Where: Scotland, Angus, Forfar, Burnside Mill
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