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from Camptown, Haddington, East Lothian

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found with other bronze objects, including possibly another axehead, during ploughing of a field at Camptown near Haddington in East Lothian. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The axehead is the most common form in the Early Bronze Age. As with most flat axeheads, it is undecorated.

The techniques used to make flat axeheads are simple but may have seemed magical to early people. First the shape was carved into a suitable stone. Metal was melted in a crucible and poured into the mould which was covered and allowed to cool. Then irregularities were hammered away and the edge was sharpened.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-042-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 28
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 5.75 x 3"
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Haddington, Camptoun
Description: Bronze flat axe from Camptown, Haddington, East Lothian, 2250 - 1900 BC
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 15-26, 82, 105. 
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