KENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY  -- RESEARCH   Studying and sharing Kent's past      Homepage

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,

Page 200  

Previous Page     Back to Page Listings    Next page   

For details about the advantages of membership of the Kent Archaeological Society   click here

Back to Contents Page    Back to Arch. Cant. List   Back to Publications On-line  Back to Research Page  To Homepage

 Kent Archaeological Society is a registered charity number 223382
© Kent Archaeological Society July 2004     

This website is constructed by enthusiastic amateurs. Any errors noticed by other researchers will be to gratefully received so
 that we can amend our pages to give as accurate a record as possible. Please send details too