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Upright thole from a clinker-built vessel, re-used in a 13th-century context. The wood is oak, from which a suitably-shaped branch-junction has been selected. On either side of the upright can be seen ...

DP 150983

Description Upright thole from a clinker-built vessel, re-used in a 13th-century context. The wood is oak, from which a suitably-shaped branch-junction has been selected. On either side of the upright can be seen the stumps of two iron rods, on the centreline of the timber,. These are probably the remains of pins designed to retain the oar on the return stroke. That one is located on either side suggests that the vessel on which the thole was mounted was intended to be rowed in both directions. Upright tholes are much less common in the medieval period than claw tholes. This rarity suggests that this piece may have belonged to specialised vessel. A double-ended ferry seems a possibility. (Cat No 269/A05–0224)

Collection Dr Colin and Dr Paula Martin

Catalogue Number DP 150983

Category On-line Digital Images

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1328436

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Collection Level (551 434) Dr Colin and Dr Paula Martin

Group Level (551 434/4) Material from the excavations at 75-95 Perth High Street.

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