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Weaving comb

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Weaving comb
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Weaving combs were used to beat the threads together during the weaving process. This bone example was found at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was probably made locally, perhaps as part of organised provision of textiles for the Roman army.

The decorated comb is missing two teeth and part of the handle.

Although actual clothing rarely survives, the objects associated with obtaining the fibres, preparing them for use, spinning into yarn, weaving into cloth, and finishing the textiles have been found from an early period.

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