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This Iron Age pin was discovered during community excavations on Moncreiffe Hill, near Perth, Scotland. It has a sub-circular, openwork, scroll-like head that appears to incorporate zoomorphic elements: the obverse ‘face’ of the pin head has a series of symmetrical cast lobate-shaped hollows that may have been intended to mimic eyes of a beast or bird.
Decorated ring-headed pins are a rare type and their distribution concentrates around Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland and across Scotland including a simple iron example from Abernethy, Perth & Kinross, although examples are known from Yorkshire and south-east England.
Analysis of the pin was undertaken by Dr Fraser Hunter of National Museums Scotland.
We were delighted to be involved in this terrific project on Moncreiffe Hill with Tay Landscape Partnership and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, which was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.