Fragment of an iron scythe blade

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From Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Fragment of an iron scythe blade.
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Fragment of an iron scythe blade

This fragment of an iron scythe blade is part of a hoard of native and Roman objects placed in a cauldron and deposited in Carlingwark Loch in Kirkcudbrightshire sometime between 80 and 200 AD.

Fragment of an iron scythe blade, from Carlingwark Loch

Iron was a scarce and prized resource in the late centuries BC and early centuries AD. It would normally have been recycled to make other tools. However, in some cases iron tools have been found in hoards, probably sacrifices to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-822-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DW 30
Date: Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Iron; single-edged
What: Blade, scythe / fragment
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Carlingwark Loch
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