Have you ever wondered how people kept their coat closed before buttons or zippers were invented?
While this decorative copper alloy stick pin is an unusual sight to most of us, it would have been an essential daily item for men and women in Viking Ireland.
At the time both men and women wore a sleeveless, hoodless cloak known as a brat. As the main function of the cloak was warmth, it was usually made of wool or some type of animal hide.
Brooches or stick pins like the one we found was used to keep the cloak in place. If the cloak was worn by a man, the cloak would be secured at his shoulder, but if it was worn by a woman, it was secured at her breast.