The wooden plough from Drumlee, near Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.

Image of the Drumlee plough. Courtesy of the BBC A History of the World Website.

In 1957 a Medieval plough was found while cutting peat in a bog near Drumlee, Co. Antrim. The plough which dates from the eleventh to twelfth centuries is thought to be the oldest surviving example of an Irish plough. The plough consists of a main beam with a curving end and angled knife which was probably sheathed with an iron cover. Only the handle and ard are missing. The plough can now be seen in the Ballymoney Museum, Co. Antrim.

Further reading
Feehan, J. 2003. Farming In Ireland. History, Heritage and Environment. UCD, Faculty of Agriculture, Dublin.

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