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From Bac Mhic Connain, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Postcard of Stamp.
© National Museums Scotland


This antler stamp was found at Bac Mhic Connain on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It was probably used to decorate leather sometime between 200 BC to 800 AD.

The stamp is conical in shape, and has an incised cross on the base.

Although the stamp could have been used for several purposes, it was most likely used on leather. A leatherworker's box of tools found at Evie in Orkney also contained an antler stamp with an incised rectangular pattern.

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Online ID: 000-100-038-782-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GNB 66
Date: Between 200 BC and 800 AD
Material: Bone, cetacean
Dimensions: 1.50" L
Who: Beveridge Collection
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Vallay, Bac Mhic Connain
Description: Bone stamp, associated with pottery or leather manufacture, from Bac Mhic Connain, North Uist
  • HallĂ©n, Ywonne. The use of bone and antler at Foshigarry and Bac Mhic Connain, two Iron Age sites on North Uist, Western Isles. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 124 (1994), p 216. 
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