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from Lhanbryde, Moray

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found near the manse of St. Andrews at Lhanbryde in Moray. It dates from between 2050 and 1800 BC.

The flat axehead tapers from near the centre to a sharp butt. Its sides have been hammered to create slight flanges.

Bronze Age axeheads were hafted in L-shaped pieces of wood. The short arm was split to hold the axehead which was then tied into position. The hammered flanges helped prevent the axehead slipping sideways.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-267-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 80
Date: Between 2050 and 1800 BC
Material: Bronze; tapering from near centre to sharp butt
Dimensions: 5" x 2.25"
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Moray, St Andrews-Lhanbryde
Description: Axe, flat
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 15, 84. 
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