Flesh hook

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Object type: Flesh hook
Period: Bronze Age
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 02/01/2021
Location: Grassington, North Yorkshire


A flesh hook dating to 1300 BC – 600 BC (mid Bronze Age to early Iron Age). Given the sharp spike at the end of the hook it is thought unlikely that it was used for the suspension of a vessel, eg a cauldron. Instead, a more likely use is to hold meat or fish while it is being dried or smoked. Only one other flesh hook appears to have been recorded on the PAS database. This find has been designated as of National Importance.