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from Glentanner, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Glentanner in Aberdeenshire. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The long, narrow socketed axehead has a thick moulding around the mouth. A wooden handle would have fitted into the axehead's socket. A thong could also have attached the axehead to the socket through the loop.

The range of metal objects expanded during the 2nd millennium BC. A development in the form of axeheads from flat axeheads to ones with flanges, can be seen. In the 1st millennium BC, socketed axeheads are the most common form.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-694-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 54
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 4.13" x 2.00"
What: Axe, socketed
Who: Sturrock Collection (Collector)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Glentanner
Description: Bronze socketed axe from Glentanner, Aberdeenshire, 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 66. 
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