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From Inchtuthil, Perthshire

Postcard of Axehead.
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This bronze axehead was found in the ploughsoil at Inchtuthil in Perthshire. Although from the site of a Roman fort, the axehead dates much earlier, from between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The flat axehead has a narrow rounded butt, hammered sides and a sharpened cutting edge.

A large number of bronze axeheads dating to the Early Bronze Age have been found. Some were clearly everyday objects, used to chop trees and other woodwork. Other were prestige objects, and must have been symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-723-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DA 125
Date: 2250 - 1900 BC
Between 2250 and 1900 BC
Material: Bronze; narrow rounded butt; sides diverge to expanded cutting edge; curving blade facets; lenticular section
Dimensions: 135 mm L x 80 mm edge W x 28 mm butt W
What: Axe, flat
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Caputh, Inchtuthil (Roman fort, ploughsoil)
Description: Early Bronze Age flat axe, Midgale type, found in ploughsoil at Inchtuthil Roman fort, Caputh, Perthshire, 2250 - 1900 BC
  • Coles, John M. Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 101 (1968-9), 1-110, esp. pp 10-5, 84. 
  • Cowie, Trevor and Reid, Alison. Some recent finds of Bronze-Age metalwork from Perthshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 116 (1986), pp 69-88. 
  • Pitts, L.F. and St Joseph, J.K., 1985, 252 & 261 
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