The Lavagnone Plough

The Lavagnone Plough

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Caption: The Lavagnone plough comes from an Early Bronze age pile dwelling on a former lake (now a drained peat bog at the southern end of Lake Garda) and is typical of the Polada culture of Northern Italy, c2200 – 1600 BC. Dating from 2000 BC, it is the oldest plough in the world as yet discovered. Made of oak, but with a beech yoke. This simple, light Trittolemo plough of the sole-ard type produces a shallow furrow (or drill) rather than a ridged furrow by inverting the soil. It had a tang share that slotted into a groove in the wooden ard-head. This plough was suited to previously cleared ground and the shallow furrows were ideal for the sowing of cereals.

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Keywords: 2000 bc, cereals, drill, early bronze age, furrow, lake garda, lavagnone, northern italy, peat-bog, pile dwelling, plough, plow, polada, prehistoric, share, sole-ard, tang share, trittolemo, wooden, world's oldest

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