MHG60603 - Socketed Axehead - Ospisdale


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A bronze socketed axehead was found during metal detecting at Ospisdale. It is complete (L: 71mm) but worn, and has a distinctive ‘back to front’ socket plan resulting from the width of the sides being proportionately greater than the width of the upper body. As such, it is likely to be late in the British/Irish socketed axe series, dating to the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age transition, c800BC. Claimed as Treasure Trove (TT 166/14), allocated to the Historylinks Museum, Dornoch. See DES entry for picture. <1>

Information from the Treasure Trove database describes a small socketed axehead with surface loss and also a long prisim blade with rounded end and squared end, made of a light grey/brown chert with white flecks - retouching on one side. <2> <3>

Historylinks Acc. No. 2014_041_19. <4>

The axehead is pictured on the Dornoch Historylinks Image Library, No. 12325. See link below. <5>

Four figure grid reference given is marginal. A full GR for the object is held by TT. GW 09/07/20

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Grid reference Centred NH 7100 8900 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH78NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

Finds (2)

  • AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • BLADE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

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