Sickle

Sickle
  • This curved iron blade was an agricultural tool, used for reaping cereal crops at harvest time. The handle was probably made of wood or bone which did not survive in the peat.
  • We believe that over 90% of the Celtic Iron Age population were farmers.
  • Surplus foodstuffs would have been taken to seasonal fairs, where they would be bartered for other desirable goods and products.
  • It was essential to store seed corn over winter within granaries. Such grain stores may have been under the control of community leaders or chieftains.
  • Classical sources described the Druids using a golden sickle to cut mistletoe from oak trees. Sickles may also have been seen as symbolic artefacts.
  • The sickle is in the shape of a crescent moon. The length of the handle is 98mm and it weighs 230.2g.