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    ROMAN EMPIRE. Circa 50 BCE - 200 CE. Iron military pickaxe (dolabra) head. Approximately 12" long, the iron socketed head has an axe on one side and mattock or adze on the other. Cf. M. Bishop and J.C. Coulston, Roman Military Equipment (Oxbow, 2006), page 103, plate 63, 2, 5. Covered with reddish oxide, a replacement handle has been added to demonstrate its original form.

    From The Living Torah Museum Collection; acquired from Time Machine Company (David Liebert).

    The dolabra was the main entrenching tool of the Roman legions throughout the Imperial period. It found extensive use in clearing obstacles, constructing fortifications, and in digging siegeworks such as the Romans employed at Jerusalem and Masada. The famous general Corbulo (7-67 CE) once remarked that he had won far more battles with a dolabra than with a sword.

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