Notched stick.

Place details: EUROPE. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland / England Worcestershire. Cultural Group: European, British, English: Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Wood Plant / ?. Processes: Notched / ?. Dimensions: Max L = 287 mm Maker: Unknown Field Collector: ?Edward Lovett When Collected: 1899 Other Owners: Edward Lovett PRM Source: Edward Lovett Acquired: Exchanged January 1901

KEYWORD: Tally / CLASS: Measurement / Agriculture and Horticulture / Writing / ?.

Research notes: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "Manure tally. How does dung help us produce food? People have used animal manure to enrich soil for many thousands of years. Compared to modern artificial fertilisers, applying excrement to farm fields can be labour intensive. This late-nineteenth-century tally stick was used by a carter in Worcestershire., UK, to keep count of cartloads of manure taken to the fields. In many places dung is also mixed with straw and dried to form dung cakes, which are then burned as fuel." [FB 5/1/2021]