Roman hobnail or something else? - Size matters!!

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I found this crusty bit of iron on a stubble field. It gave a nice 2 way 84 on the Deus Tinner program, with an iron tone at the end. I wasn’t going to dig it, but thought I’d better.
What do you think? Could this be a Roman hobnail? Or could it be my entry into TDH crusty competition :D :D :D
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Taken the Spolier off this - being a technophobe, I couldn't get it to work... They do look like hobnails, but a bit bigger - a nice pointer to always include a scale when asking for an ID :thumbsup:

I've found 2 of these now in the same field, so I guess they're from an old wooded cart, gate or maybe a fortified door? No evidence of a building, so I guess they're not from a door
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You mean you didn't dig the silver hammered next to it in the same hole? :shock: :D
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Easylife wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 10:36 am You mean you didn't dig the silver hammered next to it in the same hole? :shock: :D
I always thoroughly check my holes ;)
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That's a whopper and it's the sort of shape that would give you a decent-ish signal. A few of these studs come up but exactly what they were fixed to seems uncertain.
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shaggybfc wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:43 am They do look like hobnails, but a bit bigger.
Yeah, could be from the Jolly Green Giant's boots? Just wait until you find his belt buckle! :lol:
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Easylife wrote: Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:55 am Yeah, could be from the Jolly Green Giant's boots? Just wait until you find his belt buckle! :lol:
He might be needing a bigger finds pouch for that one!
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mattjb wrote: Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:59 am He might be needing a bigger finds pouch for that one!
Maybe a wheelbarrow? :o
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I found something similar a few weeks ago....would love to know what they are with some certainty although the FLO wants to record it when I next send in my next batch of finds....
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Pete E wrote: Tue Aug 10, 2021 12:29 pm the FLO wants to record it when I next send in my next batch of finds....
Really, best get this out of the scrap bucket, just in case. I'd assumed it was post-medieval and junk. I'd be interested to see what they think it actually is.
A quick search of the PAS - consensus of opinion was that these large studs were indeed used to reinforce timber planked structures like doors...with a very wide date range 1200 - 1800ish
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I have a pile of them - all from medieval village sites. Assuming door studs or other building parts. They give a lovely signal :lol:
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I have seen them described as sacrificial wear parts for wooden ploughs, or other machinery in contact with the ground, it saves the crude simple wooden ploughs or implements wearing out to quickly
If it shows signs of wear it would be a bit of an indication perhaps

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Steve_JT wrote: Wed Aug 11, 2021 8:03 am I have seen them described as sacrificial wear parts for wooden ploughs, or other machinery in contact with the ground, it saves the crude simple wooden ploughs or implements wearing out to quickly
If it shows signs of wear it would be a bit of an indication perhaps

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Interesting and would explain the number of them I’ve found. Either that or they had a lot of big ass doors that were covered completely in studs!
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