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from Corstorphine, Edinburgh

Postcard of Axehead.
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This bronze axehead was found at Corstorphine in Edinburgh. It dates from around 1500 to 1150 BC.

The long axehead has a narrow blade and a sharply defined stop-ridge, which prevented the haft from slipping down the tool. Axeheads of this form are found mainly in eastern Scotland.

Bronze Age axeheads were hafted in L-shaped pieces of wood. The short arm was split to hold the axehead which was then tied into position. The flanges helped stop the axehead from slipping sideways in the haft.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-064-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 86
Date: 1500 - 1150 BC
Between 1500 and 1150 BC
Material: Bronze; with sharply defined stop ridge
Dimensions: 6.63" x 2.75"
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Corstorphine
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Corstorphine, Edinburgh, 1500 - 1150 BC
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 92, 136. 
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