Latitude 50° 21.52 N
Longitude 004° 10.17 W
Object Type Anchor
Material Stone - basalt
Description Stone anchor, three hole
Length 400mm
Width 320mm
Height 70mm
Weight 11kg
Condition Good
Completeness 100 %
Number of items 1
Location Description Near Battery Buoy
Seabed type Silt

3 Hole Stone Anchor (10A12)

This stone anchor was recovered from near Battery Buoy in Plymouth Sound, different from most of the others found in the area as it has three holes through it and is made from basalt. There are local outcrops of this basalt on Drakes Island and in parts of West Cornwall.

The anchor may what Honor Frost describes as a 'rock anchor', a simple stone weight anchor which would hold on a rocky seabed, or a 'sand anchor' where two of the three holes were fitted with wooden pegs that would dig in to the seabed.

See 10A11 for details about other stone anchors.

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10A12 dwg


See also 09A14, 09A20

Curryer B., 1999, Anchors, an Illustrated History, Chatham Publishing, London, ISBN 1 86176 080 9

Frost H., 1997, Stone Anchors, the need for methodological recording, Indian Journal of History of Science 32 (2)

Nun M., 1993, Ancient Stone Anchors and Net Sinkers from the Sea of Galilee, Kibbutz Ein Gev,