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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,1228.478

  • Description

    Iron shaft-hole axe with wooden handle. Axe has an asymmetrically splayed blade, a straight top, an oval shaft-hole and a quadrangular butt. Blade is slightly damaged and butt abraded. Handle (?modern) is hazelwood (Corylus sp.) and of round section. It is broken and has traces of woodworm.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC-4thC (?)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 132 millimetres (axe)
    • Width: 29 millimetres (axe)
    • Thickness: 19 millimetres (axe)
    • Width: 53 millimetres (blade)
    • Diameter: 20 millimetres (shaft-hole)
    • Length: 256 millimetres (handle)
    • Diameter: 25 millimetres (handle)
  • Curator's comments

    Orlinska 2001
    Findspot: Senftenberg; 'Senftenberg'; bei Senftenberg; Landkreis Oberspreewald-Lausitz; Brandenburg.

    "About 8 feet deep"; axe and handle presented by Schade (Klemm, G., 1854a, Werkzeuge und Waffen, Allgemeine Culturwissenschaft, in ‘Die materiellen Grundlagen menschlicher Cultur’, Leipzig, 114, fig. 205).

    Period of Roman Influence.

    References: Klemm J. G., undated. ‘Catalog der culturhistorischen Sammlung des verstorbenen Hofrath Dr. Gustav Klemm in Dresden Königsbrücker Strasse Nr. 84. Einleitung’, Dresden, III, 8 ('Werkzeuge aus Metall. aus Eisen'); Klemm, J. G., 1868b. A. ‘Germanische Alterthümer, British Museum, London (unpublished manuscript) no. 1139; Klemm, G., 1863, Die culturwissenschaftliche Sammlung des Hofrath Dr. Gustav Klemm in Dresden, ‘Das Ausland’ 36, 1205 (5: unlocated).
    Comment by N. Evans (January 2008)

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  • Bibliography

    • Orlinska 2001 p.120 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1868,1228.478

  • Additional IDs

    • Klemm.1532
    • OA.9451
Iron shaft-hole axe with wooden handle. Axe has an asymmetrically splayed blade, a straight top, an oval shaft-hole and a quadrangular butt. Blade is slightly damaged and butt abraded. Handle (?modern) is hazelwood (Corylus sp.) and of round section. It is broken and has traces of woodworm.

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