Length: 41.000 cm (scythe (max.))
M&ME 1912,7-23,3-5; 7-15
The Hurbuck hoard
Anglo-Saxon, 9th-early 10th century
From Hurbuck, County Durham, England
This hoard contained a sword, a single-edged
Most of these
tools would have been fitted with wooden handles. There were four
straight scythe blades for cutting grass or grain, and a pickaxe.
The hoard also included an
In Anglo-Saxon England almost every family was involved in agricultural work, whether growing crops or looking after livestock. Woodworking tools were essential for making everything from cups, carts and barrels to houses. Tools like these have changed very little since Roman times and the sword and seax were important for dating the hoard to the decades around the year 900.
D.M. Wilson, 'Craft and industry' in The archaeology of Anglo-Saxon (London, Methuen, 1972), pp. 255-56