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Axehead

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from Abdie, Fife

Axehead
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This bronze axehead was found at Abdie in Fife, probably in a hoard containing at least one other axehead. It was buried, probably as a gift to the gods, sometime between 2250 and 1900 BC.

The sides of the flat axehead have been hammered into three facets. It is damaged at the cutting edge and broken across the middle.

Offerings to the gods were often special material, treated in special ways or put in special places. Prestigious weapons such as axeheads or maceheads are sometimes found broken, probably part of a ceremony we can only guess at.

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