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Axehead

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from Aikbrae, Peebleshire

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found at Aikbrae in Peeblesshire. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The socketed axehead has parallel ribs below the collar. 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.

Axeheads were symbols of power and prestige for a long period, probably with religious significance as well. During the 1st millennium BC, however, they may have become seen as more everyday than prestigious objects, with weapons assuming a more special status.

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