Needle cases and needles of bone

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From Freswick Links, Caithness; Vallay, North Uist; Broch of Burrian, Orkney; Newstead and Jarlshof

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Needle cases and needles of bone

These two bone needle cases and three bone needles were found at Freswick Links in Caithness, at Vallay on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, at the Broch of Burrian on North Ronaldsay in Orkney, at Newstead in Roxburghshire and at Jarlshof on Shetland.

One needle case and one needle have carved ornament. All the objects are polished smooth.

Where textiles were produced and finished, sewing needles and cases were needed. These examples were found on native, Roman and Scandinavian sites in Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-646-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 682
Date: 200 BC - 1100 AD
Between 200 BC and 1100 AD
Material: Bone
Bone; flat; triangular head; decoration below eye on one face
Bone; hollow tube; ornamented at either end and in centre by rings cut in relief
Bone; made from a smooth cylinder
Dimensions: 1.80" - 2.30" L
2.35" L x 0.40" max external D
3.30" L x 0.30" D
What: Bodkin / needle
Needle case
Needle case
Who: Erskine Beveridge's Collections (Item from his collections)
Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Freswick Links
Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Vallay
Scotland, Orkney, North Ronaldsay, Burrian
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Scotland, Shetland, Sumburgh, Jarlshof
Description: Bone bodkin or needle from Newstead
Bone needle from Burrian
Needle-case made from a smooth cylinder of bone, from Vallay, North Uist
Flat bone needle with triangular head and decorative panel below eye on one face, from Jarlshof
Bone needle-case ornamented with rings cut in relief, from Freswick Links, Caithness, 200 BC - 1100 AD
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