Nails, incomplete (3)

Production date
1st Century-4th Century CE
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Description
Three nail portions.
1) Large corroded iron nail, broken on the shank. The head of the nail is relatively small and has a lumpy texture. Disk headed, with shank of square section. The shank shows evidence of longitudinal lamination, perhaps assocaited with its production. The surface is a dark brown colour with patches of orange, yellow and cream.
2) Smaller nail portion, which is part of the shank of a large iron nail, broken on either side. The shank shows evidence of longitudinal lamination, perhaps assocaited with its production. The surface is a dark brown colour with patches of cream.
3) Part of a small iron nail, possibly with evidence of the now missing head. The shank shows evidence of longitudinal lamination, perhaps assocaited with its production. The surface is a dark brown colour with patches of yellow and cream.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Palestinian nails
Production place
Measurements
Part 1 Fragment of long nail H91mm x W34mm x D25mm
Part 2 Fragment of long nail H36mm x W18mm x D25mm
Part 3 Nail H44mm x W25mm x D21mm
Part 4 Nail H34mm x W18mm x D14mm
Media/Materials description
Ferrous metal, Possibly Iron
History and use
Iron nails of all sizes were easily and quickly made by hand in blacksmith workshops. Yet humble nails represent significant labour – in mining, preparing ore, collecting fuel, building furnaces and smelting iron. Nails were used for a multitude of purposes – in building fortifications, walls and gates, as well as buildings.
Associated person
Registration number
H2381

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