Piece of a bronze axehead

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From Balmashanner, Angus

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Piece of a bronze axehead

This piece of a bronze axehead is part of a hoard of jewellery and other items buried in a pot sometime between 950 and 750 BC, and ploughed up at Balmashanner in Angus. It was made in northern Britain.

The socket and small loop are all that remain of the axehead.

The Balmashanner hoard demonstrates how extensive and complex were the contacts between Scotland and the outside world during the early first millennium BC. The contents came from Ireland, northern Europe, north-west Europe and the eastern Alps.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-549-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 131
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; with loop; upper end
What: Axe, socketed / portion
Where: Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Description: Upper end of a bronze socketed axe with loop, from Balmashanner
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 98-9. 
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