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Warfare in Europe

Iron axehead

Length: 17.500 cm

Iron axehead

From: Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Date: 7th century AD

Battle and throwing axes were weapons used by the Franks. This axehead would have had a wooden handle for a soldier to grip and strike the axe at an enemy.

Can you see the pattern cut into the iron and filled with silver? This is called inlay. The use of silver shows that the owner of this axe must have been important, and the axe may have been used in ceremonies rather than in battle.