Battle axe of stone

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From Sandmill Farm, Stranraer, Wigtownshire

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Battle axe of stone

This stone battle axe was found at Sandmill Farm at Stranraer in Wigtownshire, in an urn containing a whetstone, two further whetstones or metalworker's cushion stones, a razor, a bone pin and cremated human remains.

The stone battle axe is decorated, with an expanded cutting edge.

The Sandmill group represents an unusually rich set of grave goods. The items had been kept separate from the funeral pyre (except for the pin, used to fasten a funeral garment), and added to the funerary urn after the remains had cooled.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-954-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 486
Date: Between 1900 and 1600 BC
Material: Lava
Dimensions: 4.63" L; waist 1.25" W; 2.75" across cutting edge
What: Axe, battle
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Stranraer, Sandmill Farm
Description: Battle-axe of lava from Sandmill Farm, Stranraer, Wigtownshire
  • 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 295-6. 
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