A wooden shovel made after a find coming from the so-called Comacchio wreck, a Roman cargo vessel found in the Ferrara delta in Italy and dated to the late first century BC. Carved from a single
piece of maple wood.
I must say I find these every day, practical items just as intriguing as all those rare and sophisticated pieces of ancient art we so often marvel at.
Berti, F. Fortuna Maris. La Nave Romana di Comacchio. 1990.