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From Ardoch, Perthshire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron axehead was found at the site of the Roman outpost fort of Ardoch in Perthshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 165 AD, probably for felling trees and for heavy carpentry.

The axehead is corroded, but its general shape is clear. The socket hole for the haft is near the squarish butt end.

The Roman army employed professional carpenters for the many woodworking tasks involved in building and maintaining structures and in providing equipment for the troops. The Roman carpentry kit was specialised.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-689-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FQ 296
Date: Between 80 and 165 AD
Material: Iron; long narrow, somewhat drooping, outline; rectangular hammer butt; oval perforation
Dimensions: 9.00" L; 2.80" W blade; 2.00" W at centre; 1.60" W at butt
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Little Dunkeld, Ardoch
Description: Roman iron axe from Ardoch, Perthshire
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