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Date Made/Found: 550-400 BC
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Material and Medium: Bone
Dimensions: Length 73mm, width 11mm, depth 5mm
Place Object Found: Brassington
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1981.1324
This Iron Age decorative bone pin would have been used to hold clothing together. It was found in Harborough Cave, near Brassington, Derbyshire. The surface is highly polished, possibly through use. The barbed head would have helped keep the pin in place.

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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