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Axehead of bronze

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From Carse Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Axehead of bronze
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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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