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Axehead

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from Peathill, Elvanfoot, Lanarkshire

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found at Peathill near Elvanfoot in Lanarkshire. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The axehead has a square butt. Like most axeheads of this form, this example is undecorated. It is badly corroded.

The techniques used to make flat axeheads are simple but may have seemed magical to early people. First the shape was carved into a suitable stone. Metal was melted in a crucible and poured into the mould which was covered and allowed to cool. Then irregularities were hammered away and the edge was sharpened.

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