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Peat spades


Illustration Niels Bach

Through time, many peat spades from the Iron Age have been found in Danish bogs. In general, there are two types: A T-shaped peat spade, presumably used for cutting the peat, and a double spade, which was probably used as a common digging tool that was used everywhere, also in the bogs. Perhaps they were used for clearing the surface in order to get to the peat.

En såkaldt dobbeltspade og et T-formet spade fra ældre jernalder. Spaden til højre blev fundet nær Tollundmanden.

A doublespade and a T-shaped spade from Early Iron Age. The spade on the right was found near Tollund Man. Photo Museum Silkeborg.