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from Cretshengan Farm, Kilberry, Argyll

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Cretshengan Farm at Kilberry in Argyll. It dates from around 1500 to 1150 BC.

The axehead has a relatively narrow blade and short cast flanges. It is much pitted and almost split across the centre. Flanged axeheads of this form are widely found in Scotland.

Offerings to the gods were often special material, treated in special ways or put in special places. Prestigious weapons such as axeheads or maceheads are sometimes found broken, probably part of a ceremony we can only guess at.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-076-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 132
Date: 1500 - 1150 BC
Between 1500 and 1150 BC
Material: Bronze; much pitted and almost split across the centre, no stop ridges
Dimensions: 5.9 L x 2.5 W at cutting edge x 2.5 L of flanges x 0.75 W at but
What: Axe, flanged
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Kilberry, Cretshengan Farm
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Cretshengan Farm, Kilberry, Argyll, 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. 89-90, 133. 
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