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Stunning Wooden Artefact

19 October 2016

Andy Nettleton from our Milton Keynes Team is pictured finding a stunning wooden block. Accompanied by the associated wooden pin and remnants of twine it appears to have been a pulley or shackle device.

As the block was found in a well on a Romano-British farmstead, it is tempting to suggest it was part of the machinery for drawing water. However, it was accompanied by other domestic debris, including complete cooking pots and eating vessels so it may simply have been discarded when the well was no longer of use.

It is the  waterlogged conditions that have preserved this spectacular wooden artefact for the last two thousand years and it has been sent off for immediate conservation.