Axehead (front)

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from Bannockburn, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Axehead (front).
© National Museums Scotland

Axehead (front)

This bronze axehead was found at Bannockburn in Stirlingshire. It dates from around 1600 to 1400 BC.

The axehead has long cast flanges, a wide blade and slight stop-ridges, designed to stop the axehead from slipping sideways in the haft. The crescentic stop on each blade continues as rib across the sides.

Middle Bronze Age axeheads are technologically more sophisticated than the flat axeheads of the Early Bronze Age. This was because they were made with closed moulds rather than the open moulds used for the earlier axeheads.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-303-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 135
Date: Between 1600 and 1400 BC
Bronze Age
Material: Bronze; with cast flanges, slight stop ridges, crescentic stop on each blade continues as rib across the sides picked out by a row of punched dots; raised rectangle outlined and divided into three sections by punched lines and dots
Dimensions: 6.50" L x 4.10" W across blade
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Bannockburn
Description: Bronze Age early short-flanged axe head, Bannockburn type, from Bannockburn
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 89, 138. 
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