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Axehead

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from near Birrenswark, Dumfriesshire

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found near Birrenswark near Dumfriesshire. It dates from around 1500 to 1150 BC.

The axehead has cast flanges. Axes of this type are found mainly over eastern and southern Scotland, particularly in Fife, Angus and Perth. They were probably made over a long period of time.

Scottish axeheads with cast flanges vary greatly in their form, size and decoration. Regional styles can be identified, suggesting that axeheads were were probably made in a number of places.

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