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Two pins from near Odin Mine.
Date Made/Found: 1600-1700
Material and Medium: Copper alloy
Dimensions: Length 4-4.1cm
Place Object Found: Castleton
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J1957.74
These two pins come from Odin Mine, one of the lead mines around Castleton. The pins are made of copper alloy and both are of 17th century date. Each has a straight shaft tapering to a point. The head is made by twisting the metal into a ball. Though they were found at a mine, they are personal items rather than anything to do with mining. Mining was a difficult and dangerous occupation. However, miners were people like everyone else. They had lives away from the mine. Not all their possessions were linked to their working life as miners.
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