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Axehead

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from Camptown, Haddington, East Lothian

Axehead
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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 flat axehead is the most common form in the Early Bronze Age. As with most flat axeheads, it is undecorated. However, it may have been tinned to give it a shiny silver 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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