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Friday, 26 March 2010

A Medieval Tumbrel

For those of you following my blog you will know that I spent a few days away with my brother and my Mum and Dad. Although myself and my brother have long since flown the nest, we still look forward to the days we can escape with my Mum and Dad.

Although my Mum and Dad do their best to keep up with us, they do often retire back to the car. In stark contrast I'm actually usually up at dawn and detect until dusk.

Moving quickly back on to the reason for this post. Last week whilst detecting on one of our fields my Dad showed me an item of which I was unsure of its identity. It was certainly medieval. Different ideas crossed my mind, however this week I have had it identified as a tumbrel. In short a tumbrel was a coin balance to make sure the weights of coins back in medieval times were correct.

Here's a pic below (a little out of focus) and details of a similar one.



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