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Axehead

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from Pitlochry, Perthshire

Axehead
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This copper axehead was found at Pitlochry in Perthshire. It is an early example of a metal axehead, made sometime between 2500 and 2100 BC.

The axehead has a wide butt which has been hammered. Its cutting edge is blunted. Axes of this shape are not common in Scotland. They were made primarily in Ireland and the Continent, but probably also in Scotland.

The first axeheads in Scotland were of copper. Later axes were made with of bronze - an alloy of around 90% copper and 10% tin.

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