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Axehead

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from Kilnotrie, Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found at Kilnotrie at Crossmichael in Kirkcudbrightshire. Socketed axeheads of this form and decoration occur mainly in eastern Scotland, especially around the river Tweed. This example dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The socketed axehead has a collar below which run three parallel ribs the length of the axehead. A wooden handle would have fitted into the axehead's socket. A thong through the loop could also have attached the axehead to the handle.

Socketed axeheads appear to have been invented on the Continent. They are part of a range of socketed tools and swords made by smiths requiring more complex casting techniques.

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