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William P




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jul, 2017 4:56 am    Post subject: Q: sparth axe, dimensions and vital statistics         Reply with quote

so.. ive been looking at the sparth axe, and looking for dimensions and stats such as weight, i found a tantalising clue for someone who may have done the groundwork https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/3c/27/8d/3c278dfaf29a0d33ebfe406f309252dc.jpg the problem is that all the text is far too small to be read, does anyone know where its from, and similarly, what size were sparth axes, i.e height width, thickness etc
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Stephen Curtin




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jul, 2017 6:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If I remember correctly there are literally references for blades of a foot in length mounted on 6 foot hafts.
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jul, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A78.1990, Clonteevy, Co Tyrone; figs 14, 17.
13.5; 29.1; 3.0 x 1.9; 831.7 gms.

I think this is the same head.

Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol 60, 2001

Fig. 17:



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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jul, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I should have posted the key as well...

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Dimensions are given, in centimetres, in the order length (measured horizontally on the long axis), width of cutting edge (measured in a straight line), and internal dimensions of shaft-hole


Two similar axes in the article have ~30cm blades. Weights vary quite a bit.
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