Axehead or adzehead

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From Ashybank, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Axehead or adzehead.
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Axehead or adzehead

This flat bronze axe- or adzehead was found at Ashybank in Roxburghshire. It is an early example of a metal axe- or adzehead made sometime between 2250 and 1850 BC. It could have been used to fell and work trees, or as a weapon, or both.

The axe- or adzehead was cast in a single-piece mould. If used for an axe, it would have been hafted at 90° to the haft, sticking out from near the top; if used for an adze, it would have been fixed to the bottom of an L-shaped haft, and swung downwards.

Metal tools were more efficient and more versatile than the stone versions they replaced.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-226-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 10
Date: Between 2250 and 1850 BC
Material: Copper
Dimensions: 6.75" x 3.50"
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Ashybank
Description: Copper flat axe head from Ashybank, Roxburghshire
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