A point of bone, flint or metal used for piercing holes. Awls are found in most periods from later prehistory, when they were often made of flint and bone, to the post-medieval period when more were made of metal. A Neolithic flint awl was found in King's Wood, High Wycombe; an Iron Age bone version on Lodge Hill, Bledlow and a seventeenth century iron example at Oxford Road Mill in Aylesbury.