Axehead of bronze

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From Adabrock, Lewis, Outer Hebrides

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Axehead of bronze

This bronze axehead was found at Adabrock on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in a hoard of tools, weapons, vessel fragments and beads. The hoard was buried between 950 and 750 BC.

Bronze socketed axe from Adabrock, Lewis

Although this axehead may well have been made in Scotland, other items in the Adabrock hoard had been imported from Ireland and the Continent, or copied from foreign prototypes. The objects were almost certainly deposited as gifts to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-624-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 212
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Lewis, Adabrock
  • 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. p 127. 
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