Length of worked wood

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From Buiston Crannog, Ayrshire

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Length of worked wood

This length of worked alder wood, drilled with holes, was found at Buiston Crannog in Ayrshire. It may be part of a loom or warping frame for weaving. The wood was used between 585 and 630.

The wooden length has round holes, perhaps for the pegs which were also found nearby. Although it is now in at least three pieces, it originally joined into one.

Upright looms were used by about 1000 BC, and had a long history. The looms themselves rarely survive, although a number of loomweights have been found, sometimes associated with other objects used in weaving, such as weaving combs and pin beaters.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-176-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HV 313
Date: 585 - 630 AD
Between 585 and 630
Material: Wood; perforated
What: Lath / loom / warping frame / part
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Buiston Crannog
Description: Perforated lath of wood, possibly part of a loom or warping frame, from Buiston Crannog, Ayrshire, 585 - 630 AD
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