Axehead or adzehead

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From Upper Barr, Penninghame, Wigtownshire

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Axehead or adzehead

This bronze axe- or adzehead was found at Upper Barr, at Penninghame in Wigtownshire. It could have been used for a variety of woodworking tasks, from felling trees to trimming and shaping timbers. It could also have been used as a weapon.

The well-preserved axe- or adzehead has an expanded blade, prominent side flanges and a well-defined stop ridge which prevented the haft from slipping down the tool. It was made by casting in a two-piece mould.

If used as an axehead, the object would have had an L-shaped haft with a split end, with the flat side of the axehead facing the user. If used as an adzehead, the edge of the object would face the user.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-424-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 58
Date: 1750 - 1450 BC
Between 1750 and 1450 BC
Material: Bronze; finely formed; perfect
Dimensions: 6.50" x 2.88"
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Penninghame, Barr
Description: Axe or adze head of bronze, with expanded blade, prominent side flanges and a well defined stop ridge, Penninghame, Wigtownshire, 1750 - 1450 BC
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