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from near Tynehead, Midlothian

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found near Tynehead in Midlothian. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The socketed axehead is a form often termed a bag axe, characterised by a short body and wide blade, with an oval or slightly faceted body section. 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.

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: 000-100-104-697-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 68
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 3.06" x 2.56"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Tynehead
Description: Bronze socketed axe, from near Tynehead, 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. p 70. 
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