Axe-hammer, Balgowan, Kirkcolm

Balgowan, Kirkcolm
A complete axe-hammer made on a cobble of local sandstone.  It has a rounded butt, flat sides and a curved blade.  The surface has been ground and polished.   Axe-hammers were in use between 2000Bc and 1500BC.  As the name suggests they combine an axe-like blade with a hammer-shaped end or butt.  They were mounted on a wooden handle which fitted into the hole in the centre of the tool.  No one really knows what axe-hammers were used for.  They may have been woodworking wedges, simple plough shares, weapons or symbols of power and prestige.  Large numbers of axe-hammers have been found in Dumfries and Galloway and there are particular concentrations in Nithsdale and the Wigtownshire Machars.
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SMAH 014
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Length: 205mm; Width: 105mm; Breadth: 60mm
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Balgowan, Kirkcolm
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