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from Bell's Mill, Dean, Edinburgh

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead is from a hoard of five found in the water of Leith near Bell's Mill at Dean in Edinburgh. The hoard was buried between 950 and 750 BC.

The socketed axehead has parallel lines on the sides. A wooden handle would have fitted into the axehead's socket. A thong through the loop could also have attached the axehead to the handle.

A large number of socketed axeheads have been found in Scotland, most dating between 950 and 750 BC. Few moulds have been found, suggesting that they were made in two piece clay moulds which have not survived.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-617-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 17
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; with parallel lines on the sides
Dimensions: 3.50" x 1.50"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Dean, Bell's Mills
Description: Bronze socketed axe with parallel lines on the sides, from Bell's Mills, Dean, Edinburgh
  • 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 116-7. 
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