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flat axe

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy flat axe; cast, with thin, rounded butt. Decorated on each face with curved transverse ridges and furrows, the ridges engraved with zig-zags and dots.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 127 millimetres (Max)
    • Width: 74 millimetres (Max)
    • Thickness: 10.1 millimetres (Max)
    • Weight: 304.4 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Harbison 1969
    Allegedly part of a hoard; found in a crannog. This axe, along with two others (1944, 0702.1 and County Museum, Armagh (1955:22)), seem spurious and may possibly be modern.

    Bibliography: Wood-Martin, Pagan Ireland (1895) 424 Fig. 180. 181; Megaw/ Hardy, Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 4, 1938, 304 No. 214; Pl. 53, a.b; British Museum Guide to the later prehistoric Antiquities of the British Isles (1953) 26f.Fig. 7,1.


  • Bibliography

    • Harbison 1969 1703 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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