added by archaeologs An instrument to ensure the proper burning of a fire, alternatively known as an andiron. The end of a log could rest on the crosspiece, which was supported by two uprights. Decorative iron examples come from La TfeNE Iron Age contexts, mostly graves. There are several examples from the British Isles, all with their uprights adorned with animal heads.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983