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Engraved fragment © 2000 The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester

Engraved fragment

Upper Palaeolithic or later decorated object from Pin Hole. Age uncertain. Made on bone

This piece of bone was found by A.L. Armstrong during the excavation of a trial hole across the mouth of Pin Hole, on 28 July 1925. The outer surface of the bone is decorated with an engraved chevron pattern. The age of this object is not clear.

The context of this piece of bone within the excavation is unknown. The rib has been identified as reindeer which would imply that the object is Upper Palaeolithic. However, the rib could equally be sheep or goat and Armstrong thought that the decoration was Celtic (Iron Age) in design. The patterning is also similar to that found on a pottery beaker also found in the cave which might suggest a Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date.

Glossary: Anatomically modern humans, Artefact, Assemblage, Backing, Beaker, Biface, Blade, Bronze Age, Context, Cordiform, Core, Cortex, Creswellian, Culture, Debitage, Early Upper Palaeolithic, Flake, Flake tool, Glacial, Hafting, Handaxe, Ice Age, Interglacial, Iron Age, Late Upper Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Neolithic, Palaeolithic, Pleistocene, Retouch, Tool, Upper Palaeolithic