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Axehead of bronze

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From the Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire

Axehead of bronze
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This bronze axehead was found at Forest of Birse in Aberdeenshire. It is of a type made in Sweden, and was either imported to Scotland from there or copied from a Scandinavian example early between 950 and 750 BC.

Bronze socketed axe with three raised bands passing through the loop, from Forest of Birse, Aberdeenshire

This axehead demonstrates the existence of links across the North Sea during the early first 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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