Squarehead Axe

Approx. Period: 500 AD
Length: 0.90m Width: 0.25m

The Pictish people are surrounded in mystery as there is little tangible evidence of their culture and society. It is clear that they were a warlike race and had developed many skills in metallurgy and ironwork. Weapons were influenced by Roman design but the Picts were never settled by a Roman occupation force.

The Squarehead Axe is a distinctive Pictish design. The iron blade is cast and the cutting blade sharpened and tempered. Skills in metalworking were well respected and the technical requirements of working in iron required considerable experience and smelting furnaces. This axe design and its oak shaft provided a sturdy and effective weapon.