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from Skibo, Sutherland

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Skibo in Sutherland. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The axehead is quite pitted from corrosion.

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: 000-100-104-051-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 117
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 4.3" L, 2.2" across cutting edge
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Sutherland, Skibo
Description: Bronze flat axe from Skibo, Sutherland, 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 10-5, 85. 
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