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Title: Ivory woodworking plane
Item Name: Tools and Equipment


Romano-British ivory woodworking plane, found during excavations NE of Goodmanham, by Humber Field archaeology (in Summer 2000), in advance of the construction of the BP Teeside-Saltend Etyhlene pipeline. the site was a 1st-5thc Romano-British village. The plane was found in the upper fill of a ditch defining one side of an enclosure. Within this enclosure was a simple rectangular timber building, which probably dated to the late 4th/early 5thc (although the plane could date much earlier). The stock of the plane is made of elephant ivory, whilst the sole (turned up at both ends) is of iron. The stock has two hand grips - rectangular slots - one fore and one aft. It is secured to the sole by three dome-headed iron rivets. The cutting blade is also of iron. The plane is the most complete Roman example known and the only known example with an ivory stock. The display case for the plane was generously paid for by BP, with a £5000 donation.

Culture: Romano-British
Materials: ivory; iron
Measurements: L:33cm; W:6cm; Ht:8.5cm
ID_Number: ERYMS : 2005.77

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