Even a two horse team leaves a reverse S ridge and furrow. You will
however find straight r and s dating from the 1940s (tractor)
Peter Alexander-Fitzgerald BA LLB LLM
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Domesday Acres
The land says there were eight oxen in a plough team.
Take a look at ancient ridge & furrows, they form a reverse S shape
required to allow a large team to be turned without requiring a large
Late ridge & furrow are straight (horse teams) due to there being no
requirement to turn a large team.
Tim Bridge wrote:
> Mike asked:
> This figure of 8 oxen which repeatedly comes up - the only drawing
> seen showed two oxen - who says there were 8? And, don't oxen have to
> rested half the day? Couldn't a ploughman with two ox teams plough
> much in a day?
> My reading of this is that the "team" would include spare beasts, so
> whilst two are working with the plough, the others are being rested.
> any (reasonably intact) ox harness sets been recovered? That would at
> least help identify the number of animals used on a particular plough.
> Tim B
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