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Awl
Date Made/Found: 550-400 BC
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Material and Medium: Bone
Dimensions: Length 145mm, width 47mm, thickness 23mm
Place Object Found: Brassington
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1981.1331
This Iron Age awl is made from the leg bone of a red deer. One end has been shaped and polished into a handle. An awl is used to make holes in cloth or leather. This one 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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