Today our small tools expert finished his report for us, so we do have a hammer! This is the only find that was recovered from Trench 2 before we had to abandon it and is the only find from the site directly related to metal working.
Richard’s report states that this is a double cross peen hammer head (this means it has two triangular heads set at 90 degrees to each other) mounted on a tubular metal shaft. Double cross peen hammers are used by metal workers and engineers and are often called engineers hammers. They are often used during forging, where the cross peen is used to make the hot metal stretch and for activities such as riveting, where the cross peen is useful for spreading or “peening” rivet heads, and sheet metal working.
It’s really nice to have a find that actually relates to the copperworks, hopefully when we come back to dig again (fingers crossed) we can find some more metal-working finds.