Carved bone pin

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From Foshigarry, North Uist

Postcard of Carved bone pin.
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Carved bone pin

This bone pin was found at Foshigarry on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It was used as a dress pin or as a hairpin, sometime between 600 and 1000.

The pin was carved from a longbone of a cow or red deer. The head is thin and decorated with chevrons.

Bone pins are fairly common finds from Pictish sites, occurring in a range of sizes and decoration. In general, the same basic head shapes appear at widely distant Pictish sites in the Northern and Western Isles, although this one is without parallels.

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Online ID: 000-100-038-654-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GNA 159
Date: Between 600 and 1000
Material: Bone; flat spatulate head
Dimensions: 2.53" L
What: Pin
Who: Beveridge Collection
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Foshigarry
Description: Bone pin with a flat spatulate head, from Foshigarry, 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), pp 189-231, esp. pp 210, 213. 
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