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flat axe

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WG.1543

  • Description

    Copper alloy flat axe; with thin, narrow, slightly rounded butt, which is notched. Sides are roughly parallel to each other in upper half, then swing out gently in lower half. The cutting-edge appears to have been removed. Decorated on both faces with three panels of rain pattern, with a central border of cross-hatch and triangles and two lower bands of vertical straight lines and triangles. The entire object is covered with dark brown patina and surface appears flakey.

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  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 198 millimetres (Max)
    • Width: 81.2 millimetres (Max)
    • Thickness: 12.7 millimetres (Max)
    • Weight: 610.8 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.1542 and WG.1544.

    Date: Frankford-Killaha-Ballyvalley period.
    Label attached to object surface - A NEAR CONNOR ANTRIM WG 1543

    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.

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  • Bibliography

    • Harbison 1969 884 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1909

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WG.1543

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