Ard Share

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From Foshigarry, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Postcard of Ard Share.
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Ard Share

An ard is a light plough which can break up the earth, but not turn it over. This whalebone ard share was found at Foshigarry on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It provides evidence of the type of plough used in cultivation there between 0 and 400 AD.

The ard share has three deep notches on either side of the base where the share attached to the main body of the ard.

Early ploughing was generally done with an ard pulled by draught animals. The ard was fitted with shares (blades of metal, wood, bone or stone) which broke the soil.

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Online ID: 000-100-038-695-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GNA 202
Date: Between 0 and 400 AD
Material: Bone, cetacean; thin; flat; curved; three deep notches on either side of base
Dimensions: 12.25" L
What: Share, ard
Who: Beveridge Collection
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Foshigarry
Description: Whalebone ard share from Foshigarry, North Uist
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