LON-9D28E5: A bone needle with a long rectangular eye and scoop-shaped terminal dating from the 17th century.

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Unique ID: LON-9D28E5

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A Post Medieval bone needle or bodkin with a long rectangular eye and scoop-shaped terminal dating from the 17th century. A similar needle with scoop-shaped terminal is in Crummy (1988:28 fig. 1890). One end of the bodkin has a ear scoop shaped terminal. The bodkin has one long rectangular eye with two perforations above the eye and two below. The bodkin shaft tapers, but is now broken and missing its point.

Dimensions: length: 90.06mm; width: 5.94mm, weight: 1.99g.

Similar examples in metal on the database are BUC-816668, WMID-F16806 and BUC-816668. This is the first example recorded on the database in bone. The example published in Crummy (1988:28) is also in bone but only has one hole on either side of the rectangular eye.

References: Crummy, N. 1988. The post-Roman small finds from excavations in Colchester 1971-85. Colchester Archaeological Report 5. Colchester Archaeological Trust


There is some debate over function with some being suggested as head dress pins or dress-pins whilst others are associated with needlework and lace making. The examples of bodkins with ear-scoops are one of the most common sub-types.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1600
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 90.06 mm
Width: 5.94 mm
Weight: 1.99 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

Primary material: Animal skeletal material
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Dowgate (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.5035277
Four figure longitude: -0.09955492
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Fieldwalking
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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Recording Institution: LON
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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