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Adze hammer head, piece of a saw, a hammer and a file

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From Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Adze hammer head, piece of a saw, a hammer and a file
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These iron tools, consisting of an adze hammer head, a piece of a saw, a hammer and a file, are 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.

The adze hammer head has an adzehead on one side and a hammer on the other. When used as an adze, it would have been swung downwards for cutting wood. The saw is broken at its point. The tools are very similar to modern examples.

It is often difficult to distinguish between a Roman and native tool. The Romans had better access to raw materials and craftsmen, but the types of tools were similar. Tools were also traded and copied. Iron was a valuable resource.

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