This bone needle was
found in 1989 during the excavation of the "Buhl Woman" burial.
It was restored before it was cast. Approximately 9/16 inch (1.4 cm) of
the tip of the point is restored. The original length of the broken
needle measured 1 5/16 inches (3.3 cm) long.
This needle also measures 2 mm in diameter
and the eye measures .8 mm in diameter. Microscopic examination of the
eye of the needle suggests that it was formed by gouging, rather than
drilling, with a hand-held perforator.
This picture shows three casts of bone artifacts that were found with
the Buhl burial. The black line on the bone needle indicates where it was
originally broken. The
other two bone pieces have been described as fragments belonging to
possibly a single awl or pin. The broken segment on the left has 11
engraved lines cut along the edges.
Tarmina, Paul, "A Famous Skeleton Returns To The Earth," High
Country News, (March 8, Vol. 25 No. 4).