Romano-British Iron Coulter Blade


A Romano-British iron coulter blade featuring a triangular, knife-like shape with a curved cutting edge. The blade tapers to a point, whist the other end finishes in a rounded, square foot, however, it is now chipped at the corner due to age. Above is a slender tang for attachment to a plough.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD
Provenance: Found at Owmby in Lincolnshire. Export licence required for international purchase. The application will be arranged by the seller, at no additional charges for the buyer. The item can only be shipped after the licence has been obtained.
Condition: Fine condition, rust and patination to the surface due to age. Chips to the edges.

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The coulter was an agricultural innovation introduced to Britain by the Romans. Roman coulters are most commonly in form of stout knife-like blades, as seen on this fine example, and would have been mounted in front of the share of a plough. By making a vertical cut, it breaks up heavy, compacted, or crusty soil and cuts residues in the soil, allowing the ploughshare to undercut the furrow. Cultivating heavy soils was therefore made easier with a cleaner result. The use of coulter continues through to modern times with various forms such as rotating discs developed during the Medieval times.

Weight 47.2 g
Dimensions L 15.5 x W 4.2 cm



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