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From the Pentland Hills, Midlothian

Axehead of stone
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This stone axehead was found in a cist in the Pentlands in Midlothian. It was probably imported from the area around Hamburg in Northern Germany between 750 and 450 BC.

The shafthole axehead would originally have had a wooden handle.

The Pentland axehead is a rare example of a Late Bronze Age prestige object made of stone. It would have been a symbol of power, although it could have been used as a weapon as well.

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