Axehead of bronze

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From Migdale, Sutherland

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Axehead of bronze

This bronze axehead was found at Migdale in Sutherland in a hoard along with jewellery and dress accessories, a collection of objects which emphasized the importance of its owner. It was buried between 2250 and 1950 BC.

The axehead had been tinned, giving it a silvery appearance and making it extra special.

Tinning was a technique used by the early metalworkers of north-east Scotland to enhance the appearance of axeheads.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-727-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 335
Date: Between 2250 and 1950 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 6.05" L; 3.20" across cutting edge; 0.90" across butt
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Sutherland, Migdale
Description: Bronze flat axe from Migdale
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp 110, 302-3. 
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