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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 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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Online ID: 000-100-104-043-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 29
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Bronze; probably tinned
Dimensions: 4.75 x 2.75"
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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