Axehead of bronze

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From Carse Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Axehead of bronze

This bronze axehead was found at Carse Loch in Kirkcudbrightshire. It is of a type made in Scandinavia, and was either imported to Scotland from there or copied from a Scandinavian example between 1350 and 1050 BC.

The cast bronze socketed axehead is ornamented with parallel lines. It is damaged near the socket.

This axehead demonstrates the existence of links across the North Sea during the late second millennium BC. These links were probably connected with the supply of bronze from bronze-rich areas to Scandinavia, which lacked native supplies.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-613-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 5
Date: Between 1350 and 1050 BC
Material: Bronze; imperfect; ornamented with parallel lines
Dimensions: 3.25" x 1.13"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Carse Loch
Description: Imperfect bronze socketed axe ornamented with parallel lines, from Carse Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 26, 69. 
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