Pickadze head

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from Camelon, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Pickadze head.
© National Museums Scotland

Pickadze head

An adze is a chopping tool where the sharp blade is attached at right angles to the haft, and used by swinging downwards. This tool, with an adze head at one end and a pick at the other, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Camelon in Stirlingshire.

The adze head is corroded and damaged, but the pick is fairly well preserved.

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: 000-100-104-131-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FX 299
Date: 80 - 165 AD
Between 80 and 165 AD
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 11.25" x 4.25"
What: Pick adze
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Camelon
Description: Pick adze of iron from the site of the Roman fort at Camelon, Stirlingshire, 80 - 165 AD
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