Axe head

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

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Axe head

This iron axehead was found at the site of the native hillfort of Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was used sometime between 0 and 400 AD, probably for felling trees or heavy carpentry.

Iron axe from Traprain Law

Bringing land into cultivation was a strenuous progress, done by people alone or with the help of working animals. First the ground needed to be cleared, with trees felled and vegetation removed. Only then could the soil begin to be prepared for crops.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-038-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVM 474
Date: Between 0 and 400 AD
Material: Iron; hole for haft; the blade expands towards the cutting edge, the under side having a downward curve
Dimensions: 4.25" L x 1.19" B at hole x 1.81" at face
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
  • Burley, Elizabeth. Metal-work from Traprain Law. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 89 (1955-1956), 118-226, esp. no. 474, p 211. 
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