Axehead or adzehead

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From Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Axehead or adzehead.
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Axehead or adzehead

This bronze axe- or adzehead was found in Aberdeenshire. It could have been used as a tool for fine shaping of wood, or else as a weapon, or both, sometime between 2050 and 1750 BC.

The small axe- or adzehead has an expanded cutting edge. It was made by casting in a single-piece mould.

Axeheads and adzeheads were attached to the haft in different ways. Axeheads were hafted at 90° to the haft, sticking out from near the top. Adzeheads were fixed to the bottom of an L-shaped haft, and swung downwards.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-247-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 60
Date: Between 2050 and 1750 BC
Material: Bronze; slight flanges; transverse stop ridge
Dimensions: 3.44" x 1.63"
What: Axe, flanged
Who: Sturrock Collection
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire
Description: Small flanged bronze axe head, from Aberdeenshire
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