Iron hammer head

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From Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

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© National Museums Scotland

Iron hammer head

This iron hammer head 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. It was used for metalworking.

The well-preserved hammer head has a slot in the middle for the handle.

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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Online ID: 000-100-034-800-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DW 8
Date: Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Iron
What: Hammer, smith's
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Carlingwark Loch
Description: Smith's iron hammer from Carlingwark Loch
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