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A E Truckell

Lochmaben Ard

Iron Age

Former curator of Dumfries Museum A E Truckell with the Lochmaben Ard beam, an Iron Age plough found in the 1870's while draining in Whitereed Moss, Elschieshiels, near Lochmaben, a "Dostrup Spade-ard", the only Iron Age plough dating to about 100 AD so far found in Great Britain.


An ard beam 8 ft 1 1/2 ins long, found in Whitereed Moss [name: NY 076 840], Lochmaben in 1870 is in Dumfries Museum. The rear end, 5 ins by 3 1/4 ins in section, has a mortise at the lower end through which would have gone a wooden share and fore share, and a plough head and stilt. A radio-carbon date of 80 bc +- 100 has been obtained from it. 


This object is currently on display in Dumfries Museum.

RCAHMS site record:
Lochmaben Ard