De Meern Drill

This 2 piece Roman drill comes from the so-called De Meern 1 ship, which was wrecked in a tributary of the Rhine around the year 190 AD. It consists of a handle and a rotating mower part which holds the iron drill bit and was driven using bow and string. Maple wood, brass binding and iron drill. For the drill I used an antique spoon drill bit, probably late 19th century, a design that was in use in Roman times already as well.


  • Jansma, Esther. Een Romeinse Rijnaak, gevonden in Utrecht-De Meern. Amersfoort, 2007.