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from near Stirling

Battle axehead
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This stone battle axehead of granite was found near Stirling. Although it could have functioned as a weapon, its main purpose was to be a symbol of power. It dates from between 1750 and 1400 BC.

The battle axehead is of weathered granite. It has a broad blade and flat butt. The cutting edge is blunt.

Battle axe use was adopted from the Continent in the centuries before 2000 BC. Battle axes remained a popular status symbol for around 1000 years. Their heads were often made of beautiful and hard-to-work stone, and their shape changed according to fashions over the centuries.

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