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Weaving comb
Date Made/Found: 550-400 BC
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Material and Medium: Antler
Dimensions: Length 124mmm, width (comb end) 35mm, thickness 10mm
Place Object Found: Brassington
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1981.1309
This Iron Age weaving comb was found in Harborough Cave, near Brassington, Derbyshire. Weaving combs were used to beat down woven threads on looms to ensure a tight weave in the cloth.

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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