Bronze axe, Merton Hall

Merton Hall, Penninghame
This bronze axe, known as a palstave, was found in an area of boggy ground which may have been a marsh or small lake during the Bronze Age.  Many pieces of Bronze Age metalwork are found in watery places and were probably deposited as gifts to local gods.   A palstave is an axe which is hafted with a forked wooden handle.  The handle is kept in place with high side flanges and a stop bar.
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SMAH 007
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Length: 174mm
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Merton Hall, Penninghame
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