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Needle
Date Made/Found: 550-400 BC
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Material and Medium: Bone
Dimensions: Length 57mm, width 3mm, depth 2mm
Place Object Found: Brassington
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1981.1319
Iron Age needles for sewing pieces of cloth together look much the same as those used today, although this needle has a keyhole-shaped eye. The needle was found in Harborough Cave, near Brassington, Derbyshire.

Clothes were made by families in their home. Leftover animal bones from mealtimes were fashioned into tools for making clothes. Wool was a popular material because it was warm and readily available as most farms kept sheep. Fabric rarely survives in the ground so archaeologists rely on tools and fastenings to show what clothing would have looked like.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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