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flat axe

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  • Description

    Copper alloy flat axe; with straight, angular butt. The sides are roughly parallel in the upper half, then splay out gently to form a wide, curved cutting-edge, which is slightly damaged. The object is covered with dark green and brown patina, and mounds and pits of green and yellow copper alloy corrosion.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 148.7 millimetres (Max)
    • Width: 96.7 millimetres (Max)
    • Thickness: 10.7 millimetres (Max)
    • Weight: 620.1 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Type Lough Ravel
    Harbison 1969
    Part of a hoard; found with two other axes (one at the Ulster Museum, Belfast (199: 1937) and the other at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow (B. 1914: 270)) while ploughing in 1868.

    Date: Knocknague Period

    Bibliography: Day, Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland 16, 1883-84, 281; Coffey, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 31, 1901, 277; Catalogue of the Sale of the Collection of Robert Day (19.-22. 5. 1913) Lot 179(2).


  • Bibliography

    • Harbison 1969 64 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Object reference number: BCB11217

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