This worked bone pin was recovered from an Early Bronze Age cremation burial.
Although it is fragmentary it has been identified as a calcined first phalanx from a large bird, possibly a golden eagle. Bird bones are uncommon from Bronze Age sites across Britain and there are no examples of worked golden eagle bones known from this period in England.
The object has a slightly expanded, rounded head which has been perforated and may have been utilised as a pin. Bone points and pins are common across Britain and are known from Bronze Age cremations. This incorporation of this pin as a pyre good suggests personal significance and possible use for fastening clothing or styling hair.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Eynsham, Oxfordshire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Multiperiod
Discovery context: Early Bronze Age cremation burial