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Axehead

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from Lhanbryde, Moray

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found at Lhanbryde in Moray. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The axehead has hammered flanges and a narrow butt. Like a number of axeheads of this form, it is decorated, here preserving slight remains of a chevron pattern. Most of the decoration has gone as a result of damage and corrosion.

A large number of bronze axeheads dating to the Early Bronze Age have been found. Some were clearly everyday objects, used to chop trees and other woodwork. Other were prestige objects, and must have been symbols of power.

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