Small iron axehead

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From Broch of Ayre, Orkney

Postcard of Small iron axehead.
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Small iron axehead

This small iron axehead was found at the Broch of Ayre in Orkney. It was probably a tool used for felling trees and general carpentry sometime between 200 BC and 200 AD.

The axehead is corroded and damaged near the blade.

Wood was plentiful and early people used it skilfully, employing a range of axes and other tools for different tasks. By 950 BC specialist toolkits had been put together, probably for use by specialist woodworkers.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-893-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  Q.L.1948.3
Date: 200 BC - 200 AD
Between 200 BC and 200 AD
Material: Iron; small; slightly drooping blade
Dimensions: 4.30" L; blade 2.50" W
What: Axe
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Broch of Ayre
Description: Small iron axe head from the Broch of Ayre, Orkney, 200 BC - 200 AD
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