Bone comb from Little Solsbury hill fort, near Bath

Spelaeological Society Museum


Little Solsbury, a flat-topped hill overlooking the River Avon, was fortified and quite intensively occupied during the Iron Age. Weaving combs are almost exclusively a British phenomenon, and the vast majority are from the Iron Age. This comb is decorated with three crosses separated by horizontal bands. It was found in a ritual context, deliberately placed as an offering beneath a hearth stone together with the remains of a young sheep or goat. The cracks and damage at the butt end was caused when the hearth stone was dropped on it.

  • Photographer: Graham Mullan
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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