Axehead of bronze

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From Sluie, Moray

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Axehead of bronze

This bronze axehead was found at Sluie in Moray in a hoard, together with another axehead and a halberd. The hoard was buried sometime between 2250 and 1950 BC.

The surface of the axehead had been tinned, giving it a distinctive silvery appearance.

Tinned axeheads were a speciality of the earliest Scottish metalworking industry in the North East. They were prestigious and valuable possessions.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-237-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 33
Date: Between 2250 and 1950 BC
Material: Bronze; traces of tin coating
Dimensions: 6.00" x 3.00"
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Moray, Edenkillie, Sluie
Description: Bronze flat axe with traces of a coating of tin, from a hoard found at Sluie, Moray
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp. 180-1, 303-4. 
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