This ‘point’ is made of bone. It was deliberately shaped like this, to be used as a tool or dress pin. The surface of the point is very smooth and shiny. This happens when bone rubs against another material frequently which creates a polishing effect. This suggests it was more likely used as a pin – constantly rubbing against fabric.
It was found at Castle of Old Wick and is what archaeologists call a ‘stray find’, meaning that it was found by chance. Bone pins have been used since the Stone Ages. However it is likely that this one is from the Iron Age or medieval period as we know there were people living on this land during those times.