Cap for drill shaft

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From Machermore Loch, Old Luce, Wigtownshire

Postcard of Cap for drill shaft.
© National Museums Scotland

Cap for drill shaft

This stone cap for a bow- or strap-drill shaft was found at Machermore Loch at Old Luce in Wigtownshire. It was used to drill holes in wood or bone. It could date from any time between 7500 BC and 1100 AD as the form of caps changed little over the years.

The stone is polished, with a smoothly ground central hollow on each face.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-406-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AM 14
Date: between 7500 BC and 1100 AD
Material: Granitic stone; smoothly ground central hollow on each face; polished
Dimensions: 3.50" x 2.75"
What: Shaft cap, bow drill
Where: Scotland, Wigtownshire, Old Luce, Machermore Loch
Description: Cap for drill shaft of polished stone with smoothly ground hollow on each face, from Machermore Loch, Old Luce, Wigtownshire, between 7500 BC and 1100 AD
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