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flat axe

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  • Description

    Copper alloy flat axe; with a thin, narrow, rounded butt. Sides roughly parallel to each other in upper half, then swing out gently in lower half to form a wide, slightly rounded cutting-edge. Entire object is covered with light green patina and outer decorated surface appears to have flaked off.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 207 millimetres (Max)
    • Width: 112.3 millimetres (Max)
    • Thickness: 10.1 millimetres (Max)
    • Weight: 619.6 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Harbison 1969
    Probably from a hoard said to have been found near Connor. It is not expressly stated, but it is likely that it was found with WG.1543-4.

    Date: Frankford-Killaha-Ballyvalley period.

    Bibliography: Evans, The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland (1881) 63f. Fig. 32; Megaw, Irish Naturalist's Journal 6, 1936, 61 Pl. 3,3; Megaw/ Hardy, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 4, 1938, 273, Fig. 1 d-f; 302, No. 125; Pl. 52a; Watson, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 8, 1945, 110, No. 78-80.Ballyvalley type.


  • Bibliography

    • Harbison 1969 883 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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