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From Skye

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Skye. It was made between 950 and 750 BC.

A curved wooden handle would have fitted into the axehead's socket. A thong could also attach the axehead to the socket through the loop.

Axeheads were symbols of power and prestige for a long period, probably with religious significance as well. They were sometimes buried as offerings to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-031-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 40
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 3.50" x 2.13"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Description: Bronze socketed axe from Skye, 950 - 750 BC
  • 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. p 69. 
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