Axehead of stone

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From the Pentland Hills, Midlothian

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Axehead of stone

This stone axehead was found in a cist in the Pentlands in Midlothian. It was probably imported from the area around Hamburg in Northern Germany between 750 and 450 BC.

The shafthole axehead would originally have had a wooden handle.

The Pentland axehead is a rare example of a Late Bronze Age prestige object made of stone. It would have been a symbol of power, although it could have been used as a weapon as well.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-681-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 64
Date: 1000 - 0
Between 750 and 450 BC
Material: Greenstone; perforated
Dimensions: 4.50" L
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Pentland Hills
Description: Stone shafthole axe head from the Pentlands, probably imported from Eastern Lower Saxony, 1000 - 0 B.C.
  • 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, p 273. 
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