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Tool: Metal clamp/pin

Metal clamp/pin

In the Roman period, most stone blocks in large monuments were fixed to their neighbours using a combination of metal clamps and pins. Iron clamps were usually used but tended to be wrapped in lead to prevent them rusting and then set in molten lead to hold them in place. Metal clamps and pins were also employed on statues to piece together different blocks of stone and on sarcophagi to secure lids in place and prevent their contents being robbed.

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