Axehead (side)

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from Home Farm, Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Axehead (side).
© National Museums Scotland

Axehead (side)

This bronze axehead was found at Home Farm at Keith Hall in Aberdeenshire. It dates from around 1600 to 1400 BC.

This picture shows the axehead from the side. It was decorated with a herring bone pattern.

A large number of bronze axeheads dating to the 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: 000-100-104-062-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 75
Date: 1600 - 1400 BC
Between 1600 and 1400 BC
Material: Bronze; with herring bone pattern on the side
Dimensions: 5.75 x 2.63"
What: Axe, flanged
Who: Rae Collection
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Keith Hall, Home Farm
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Home Farm, Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire, 1600 - 1400 BC
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 96-7, 132. 
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