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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 73 - 1959  page 200
The Anglo-Saxon Plane from Sarre. By G.C. Dunning, F.S.A. and W. L. Goodman   continued

A.D. 350-400, has room for only one grip, at the back (Fig. 2). It will be seen that in effect the Sarre plane is a smaller version of this, roughly about half the size, and shows that the Roman tradition was still active some 200 years later; not, after all, such a very long time for those days.


Fig 2  Reconstruction - Silchester plane

   The nearest counterpart to the Sarre tool is the small plane found in the terp at Finkum, in Friesland, and now in the museum at Leeuwarden (Fig. 3). This is also of horn, with a bronze sole turned up at the front, and projecting


Fig 3.  Finkum plane

slightly at the back, making the total length about 6½ in. The scroll-shaped handle abuts against a short upright pillar, and the bed of the iron is cut to an angle of 45 degrees. The hole for the peg across the mouth—the Roman method of fastening wedge and iron, which was in general use up to the middle of the sixteenth century— is clearly visible. It had previously been suggested that this Finkum plane was of Roman date, about A.D. 200, but three other little planes at Leeuwarden, from the terpen at Hallum, Beetgum, and Oosterbeintum,

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