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Festival of Archaeology 2014: An Iron Age Comb, Medieval Matrix and Bronze Age Vessel

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This is an Iron Age comb which was brought to me at a Finds Day. The finder, who'd I'd not met before, brought in eight ice-cream tubs full of finds and this was amongst them.

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday July 18, 2014, 7:55 pm
"It is beautiful to look at with the basket-weave decoration and has a practical function.

Many people believe it is comb for personal use, whereas I think it may be a curry comb for horses.

One reason I think this is that in the West Midlands the Iron Age material we have recorded is predominately vehicle and cart-orientated, such as pin terminals and harness mounts, rather than personal items such as brooches, which are more common elsewhere.

Also, the wide tines are perhaps suggestive of combing more coarse hair than that of a person.
You know why in medieval and early combs, the tines were closer together?
Yes, even the Wealthy Upper-class that could afford beautiful combs...

Athena F (131)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 2:12 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 5:31 am
thank you

Roger G (154)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:40 am
noted, thanks

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 6:19 pm
Fascinating and intriguing.
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