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Iron Age strike-a-light.

Palm-sized round brown pebble with deep straight grooves on both sides. An Iron Age multifunctional tool: the grooves were used as a ‘strike-a-light’, the edges for hammering, and the flat surfaces for rubbing hide. Found near the top of Dun Mor, Vaul, on 27th July 2005 by holiday-maker Kenny Nelson. It may also have been used by sail-makers for sharpening their needles.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 50 – Strike-a-light

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects


Red deer bone awl found by Dr Morton Boyd in Balephuil in 1995.

Red deer bone 125 mm long and 25-35 mm wide with one end shaped into a point, found by Dr Morton Boyd on 27/1/1995 on the bank of the stream at Balephuil embedded in a layer of limpet shells and sand/soil at a depth of around 3 m in the dunes.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 89 – Bone awl

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects


`Tooth` of a mechanical harvester

Hooked piece of iron thought to be one of a row of many `teeth` from the blade of a mechanical harvester (tractor- or horse-drawn). The teeth would have combed and separated the crop, while a blade running back and forth along the teeth would have cut the crop. Sold in pairs from Brown`s shop in Balemartine. Found in a fireplace in Kenovay.