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The Bronze Age

Axes & Maces

Bronze axe, Merton Hall

Period:
Bronze Age
Description:

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.

Place of Discovery:
Merton Hall, Penninghame
Materials/Media:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Length: 174mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2008.31
Digital Number:
SMAH 007
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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