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from Glenrickard Forest, Arran

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found in Glenrickard Forest on Arran. It dates from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The long sides of the flat axehead are bevelled. It is badly pitted by corrosion, but in places the remains of the original surface are preserved. Like most axeheads of this form, this example is undecorated.

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: 000-100-104-053-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 119
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Long sides bevelled; badly pitted by corrosion; remains of a glossy surface
Dimensions: 5.9" L, 1.1" across butt
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Bute, Arran, Kilbride, Glenrickard Forest
Description: Bronze flat axe from Glenrickard Forest, Arran, Bute, 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, 81. 
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