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from Skye

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found on the island of Skye. 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.

The development of two piece moulds allowed the manufacture of socketed tools and weapons. Few moulds are found, suggesting that clay was generally used to form the moulds, and then discarded after use.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-689-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 39
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 2.75" x 2.00"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Description: Bronze socketed axe from Skye, 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. p 69. 
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