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from Du Bhar, Glengorm, Mull, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Du Bhar in Glengorm on Mull in the Inner Hebrides. 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, this example is without decoration.

A large number of bronze axeheads dating to the Early Bronze Age have been found. Some were clearly everyday objects, used to chop trees and other woodwork. Other were prestige objects, and must have been symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-050-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 112
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 5.65" L; 3.50" W at cutting edge; butt 1.50" W
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Mull, Glengorm, Du Bhar
Description: Bronze flat axe found at Du Bhar, Glengorm, Mull, 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, 80. 
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