Re: [gothic-l] IRON PLOUGHS
- Bertil, In Norway they say that it is important to
distinguish between "plog" and "ard".
The "ard" goes back to prehistoric times, and is still
used because it works better than the "plog" in many
applications. Cf. Latin "aratrum".
In Denmark and Sweden the "ard" is known from several
prehistoric finds. Also from the Bronze Age cliff art
in Tanum. In Hedmark it is still used for potato ackers.
It is run criss cross several times.
In the Mediterranean world a plow - I assume it is the "ard"
- has been described by Hesiod, Vergil and others. Also known
from Terra Cotta representations and on vases and coins.
There are numerous examples of metal point plow finds.
You can read about it in H.Behlen: "Der Pflug und das Pflugen
bei den Römern." (1904)
>Any examples of the Roman use of iron ploughs?
- Hi Bertil,
I do not know anything about Roman plows but I think Tim suggested there
were. Concerning early Germanic ploughing I agree with Keth they used
Any examples of the Roman use of iron ploughs?
> Concerning Iron ploughs used by Germanic peoples they were not in use
> before the agrar revolution in the feudal states of the Middle Ages, and
> that is long after the Gothic states were extinct. It is possible the
> Romans may have applied them also in the earlier Germania but that was
> not a Germanic habit.