Archaeological Collection

Socketed axes

Socketed axes
Item name:Socketed axes
Dating:11th–10th century BC
Dimensions:l. 11.8 cm and 11.5 cm
Findspot:River Ljubljanica
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


In addition to winged axes, the bronze socketed ones were also used in the Late Bronze Age, from the 13th century BC onwards, which spread to central Europe from the east. They have a tubular socket into which the haft was inserted and secured with straps passed through the eye at the side. The examples from the River Ljubljanica (11th–10th centuries BC) are later variants of socketed axes, richly decorated with ribbed and punched motifs.

1. Socketed axes, bronze, l. 11.8 cm, Inv. No. V 4194.
2. Socketed axes, bronze, l. 11.5 cm, Inv. No. V 4193.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 240, pp. 190, 248.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition