Latitude Unknown
Longitude Unknown
Depth 8m
Object Type Anchor
Material Stone, chlorite schist
Description White cerami
Length 380mm
Width 300mm
Height 45mm
Weight 9kg
Markings None
Condition Good
Completeness 100 %
Number of items 1
Location Description Between Penlee and Rame Head
Accuracy 500m
Seabed type Sand

Stone Anchor (11A01)

This small three hole stone sand anchor was recovered from shallow water between Penlee Point and Rame Head in 1988. The single hole at the top would be used to attach a rope while the pair of holes near the base would hold wooden pegs, then deployed these pegs would dig in and provide extra grip on the seabed.

It has been suggested that these stone anchors were not designed for a long working life and were effectively throwaway items. This anchor has be deliberately shaped into a pointed form which suggests that some care was taken in its manufacture, more care than would have been taken had it been a discardable item.

The anchor is thinner at the top (25mm) and thicker at the base (45mm), and has three holes roughly cut through it approximately 25mm in diameter. The stone material was identified as chlorite schist but its source was not known.

This type of anchor was referred to as 'Byzantine-Arab' by Honor Frost (1).

See 10A11 for details about the other single hole stone anchors found in the Plymouth area.

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11A01 side


10A11 Stone Anchor

11A19 3 Hole Stone Anchor

(1) Frost H., 1963, Under the Mediterranean, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., p49