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from Aikbrae, Peeblesshire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Aikbrae in Peeblesshire. It dates from around 1300 to 1150 BC.

The distinctive shaped axehead is a type called a palstave. It has a loop on one side, though which a thong might have been fed to help secure the axehead to the haft. Palstaves of this form, with their long narrow blades, continued to be used into the Late Bronze Age in Britain.

The use of two (or more) piece clay moulds allowed more sophisticated axeheads to be made. Palstaves developed from flanged axeheads. They had recesses on each face into which the split end of a haft could be slotted.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-283-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 2
Date: Between 1300 and 1150 BC
Material: Bronze; loop on one side
Dimensions: 6.50" x 1.75"
What: Palstave
Who: Sim Collection
Where: Scotland, Peeblesshire, Aikbrae
Description: Bronze Age bronze transitional palstave from Aikbrae
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 100-101, 137. 
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