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Hammers, drift and anvil

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Hammers, drift and anvil
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These two hammers, drift and small iron anvil, all of iron, were found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They were used in a blacksmith's smiddy sometime between 80 and 100 AD.

The larger hammer is a forehammer or sledge hammer used for initial forging. The smaller hammer was a hand hammer for finer forging. The drift was used to make holes. The end of the small anvil, now broken, would have slotted into a wooden block.

Iron was widely used by the Romans for tools, weapons and fittings. Blacksmiths made a wide range of objects, using tools not that different from those in use today.

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