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from Home Farm, Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Axehead (front).
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Axehead (front)

This bronze axehead was found at Home Farm at Keith Hall in Aberdeenshire. It dates from around 1600 to 1400 BC.

The long, narrow axehead has deep, cast flanges and a wide, splayed blade. Axes of this type are found mainly over eastern and southern Scotland, particularly in Fife, Angus and Perth. They were probably made over a long period of time.

Scottish axeheads with cast flanges vary greatly in their form, size and decoration. Regional styles can be identified, suggesting that axeheads were were probably made in a number of places.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-276-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DC 75
Date: 1600 - 1400 BC
Between 1600 and 1400 BC
Material: Bronze; with herring bone pattern on the side
Dimensions: 5.75 x 2.63"
What: Axe, flanged
Who: Rae Collection
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Keith Hall, Home Farm
Description: Bronze flanged axe from Home Farm, Keith Hall, Aberdeenshire, 1600 - 1400 BC
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 96-7, 132. 
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