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from Bishop Kinkell, near Conon Bridge, Ross-shire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Bishop Kinkell near Conon Bridge in Ross-shire. It is an example of the most common form of flat bronze axehead from the Early Bronze Age, found throughout Scotland. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

As with most of the flat axeheads of this shape, it is without decoration.

Bronze Age axeheads were hafted in L-shaped pieces of wood. The short arm was split to hold the axehead which was then tied into position.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-046-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 97
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 5.63" L, 2.94" at cutting edge, 0.38" thick
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Ross and Cromarty, Conon Bridge, Bishop Kinkell
Description: Bronze flat axe from Bishop Kinkell, Conon Bridge, Ross and Cromarty, 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, 85. 
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