This interesting stone was dug up 36 inches beneath ground in a bank by the river Windrush in the Cotswolds. Small Roman finds were in the same bank. Approx 15 inches square. One side is very weathered. This item has caused huge interest, with a number of emails, stating it has pagan origins, relating to sightseeing?
This tool has caused much discussion. There is a point at the rounded end of the handle. The links are forge made, with two links to every elongated link. The whole chain swivels around the handle and the last link, rather worn, appears to be an anchor link. Brick is nine inches long, so will give an idea of size.
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What is it
preserving rural bygones
Perhaps some sort of awl?
This unassuming object appears to be of some antiquity. Made of bronze with raised ends that have what appeared at first to be threads but is in fact individual ring impressions. This object was found three feet in the ground.
These metal rings, sometimes found after a field has been ploughed are in fact the rings which were used by the shepherd to connect and stabilize his sheep hurdles placed in the field. Used for both the Victorian metal railing hurdles and the hazel hurdle.
This wedge hand-tool was on this page for many weeks last year without any comments, but as you see, we now know this tool is a debarking iron. An ideal weighty tool for stripping bark from the trunk. In this instance it is being used to debark a cedar tree before going on the mill.