Possible yoke

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from White Moss, Shapinsay, Orkney

Postcard of Possible yoke.
© National Museums Scotland

Possible yoke

This wooden object, possibly a yoke, was found in a peat bog at White Moss on Shapinsay in Orkney. It was used sometime between 1516 and 1253 BC.

The wooden yoke has two holes at either end for attaching the reins.

Wood was plentiful and early people used it skilfully, employing a range of axes and other tools for different tasks. Wooden objects survive only where conditions are favourable, and few therefore survive to indicate the range of objects made.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-203-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  W.MP 84
Date: 1516 - 1253 BC
Between 1516 and 1253 BC
Material: Wood
What: Yoke, ox
Subject: Tools, implements and miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Shapinsay
Scotland, Orkney, Shapinsay, White Moss
Description: Wooden ox yoke found under six feet of peat at White Moss, Shapinsay, Orkney, 1516 - 1253 BC
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