Weaving combs

Museum of Somerset-250/-50

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Excavations on the seasonally occupied Iron Age site at Meare in Somerset produced evidence for an exceptional range of craft and industrial activities. Among the most important was woollen cloth and textile production. Evidence for such activities included a large number of bone and antler weaving combs, some with incised decoration. Weaving combs are believed to have been used to make woollen braids for use as straps and accessories for clothing.

This object is part of the Museum of Somerset collection.

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  • Title: Weaving combs
  • Creator: Museum of Somerset
  • Date Created: -250/-50
  • Location Created: Findspot: Meare, Somerset, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Top comb length: 16.6 cm; lower comb length: 16.2 cm
  • External Link: Museum of Somerset homepage