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The Bronze Age

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Battle-axe, Cairnderry

Period:
Bronze Age
Description:

A beautifully finished polished stone battle-axe.  It is complete with squared-off butt, slightly expanded and blunt blade, dished upper and lower surfaces, and a central perforation that has been drilled from both ends.  It is made from locally occuring granite.

 

The battle-axe was found together with a collared urn, an accessory vessel (see SMAH 018 and 019) and a human cremation in a pit that had been dug against the outer edge of the cairn.

 

The site was excavated between 2002 and 2004.

Place of Discovery:
Cairnderry chambered tomb
Materials/Media:
Granite
Dimensions:
Length: 128mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2008.24.5
Digital Number:
SMAH 020
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
Cummings, V. & Fowler, C. 2007. From Cairn to Cemetery. BAR British Series 434.

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