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Pin from Hay Top.
Date Made/Found: 2500-900 BC
Previous owner: Previously owned by Thomas Bateman , British, 1821 - 1861
Vendor: Thomas William Bateman , 1852 - 1895
Material and Medium: Bone
Dimensions: Length 14.5cm
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J93.537
Bronze Age bone pin from a barrow at Hay Top, Derbyshire. Pins like this are often found in prehistoric graves. They could have many uses. They may have been used for fastening clothes, leather or cloth bags. Another use could have been pegs for fastening gates or doors. The point could be used to decorate pottery. Today we think of a pin as something with limited uses. For our ancestors, a small piece of pointed bone was a useful tool. Perhaps this is why it is a common object.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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