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Axehead

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from Ravelston, Edinburgh Midlothian

Axehead
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This bronze axehead is one of at least two found in a hoard at Ravelston near Edinburgh in Midlothian. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The flat axehead is the most common form in the Early Bronze Age. As with most flat axeheads, it is undecorated. However, its surface has been tinned, giving it a distinctive silvery appearance.

Axeheads were symbols of power and prestige for a long period, probably with religious significance as well. Tinning was a technique used by the early metalworkers to make axeheads extra special.

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