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from Leith, Midlothian

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Leith in Midlothian. 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 on each side. 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.

A large number of socketed axeheads have been found in Scotland, most dating between 950 and 750 BC. Few moulds have been found, suggesting that they were made in two piece clay moulds which have not survived.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-680-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 9
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; three raised lines on each side
Dimensions: 3.25" x 1.63"
What: Axe, socketed
Who: D. Stevenson, C.E. (Collector)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Leith
Description: Bronze socketed axe with three raised lines on each side, from Leith, Midlothian, 950 - 750 BC
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 26-7, 70. 
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