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Object Name Laia
Date Unknown
Description Two-pronged iron fork. This laia (plural is laiak) is a traditional farm tool used for turning the soil in preparation for planting. The two prongs are made from square rods of metal. The tips of the two prongs are chisel shaped. The top prong is straight, the bottom prong comes down from the handle in an L shape. The laia looks handmade. The prongs are not a uniform thickness (they become much thicker about halfway to the ends). The handle is not complete. It appears that the wooden component of the handle broke off, so only the metal sleeve for the wooden poriton is left. A small piece of the handle is in the bottom of the sleeve. The metal sleeve is shaped like a narrow cone, and attaches to the top prong at a 45-degree angle. There is a small hole punched in the handle on the side without the seam. A nail that secured the wooden handle originally passed through this hole.

Laiak were used in pairs, one in each hand, when turning the soil (see photo for reference).
They were both held in a starting position lateral to the ground.
Object Number 2005.008.001