Axehead (side)

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from Fyvie, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Axehead (side).
© National Museums Scotland

Axehead (side)

This bronze axehead was found at Fyvie in Aberdeenshire. It is either imported from northern Europe or a copy of an example from there. The axehead dates from around 1600 to 1400 BC.

This picture shows the axehead from the side. It has been decorated with dots.

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: 000-100-104-069-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 106
Date: 1600 - 1400 BC
Between 1600 and 1400 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 5.5" L x 2.69" across cutting edge
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Fyvie
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Fyvie, 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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