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from Hatton, Newtyle, Angus

Postcard of Axehead.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze axehead was found at Hatton at Newtyle in Angus. It dates from between 950 and 750 BC.

The socketed axehead has a moulding at level with the top of the loop. Below this two ridges curve downwards towards the tips of the blade on each side. 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: 000-100-104-698-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DE 73
Date: 950 - 750 BC
Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze; loop
Dimensions: 3.00" x 2.13"
What: Axe, socketed
Where: Scotland, Angus, Newtyle, Hatton
Description: Bronze socketed axe with loop, from Hatton, Newtyle, Angus, 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 67. 
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