Lump of iron pyrites

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From near Hoprig, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire

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Lump of iron pyrites

This piece of a lump of iron pyrites was found near Hoprig at Cockburnspath in Berwickshire. It has been grooved by use with a fire steel (also known as a strike-a-light), a metal object used with flints to create sparks and start a fire.

Lump of iron pyrites grooved by use with a strike-a-light, from near Hoprig, Cockburnspath

Methods to produce fire have always been important. From an early period, flints were struck against suitable stones. Later, fire-steels of iron were used.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-983-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 598
Date: Between 2300 and 1700 BC
Material: Iron pyrites; grooved by use with a strike-a-light
Dimensions: 2.15" x 1.80" x 1.30"
What: Iron pyrites / portion
Where: Scotland, Berwickshire, Cockburnspath, Hoprig
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