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The Bronze Age

Axes & Maces

Flat Copper Axehead, Galston

Bronze Age

This axehead dates from the early part of the bronze age.


Early Bronze Age flat axes


Early metal tools were simple because the stone moulds used for casting could only be produced in basic shapes. They were often made of copper, but although copper ore was available in the Glentrool area there is no evidence that it was exploited. It seems more likely that tools were imported from Ireland. These axe heads would have been hafted to an L shaped piece of wood. The short section was split to hold the axe head, which was then bound into position.

Length 110mm
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
Arch DB1997/115
Digital Number:
EAAH023a; EAAH023b
East Ayrshire Council

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