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Bone skates and young people in Birka and Sigtuna
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory.
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2016 (English)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, Vol. 111, no 1, 7-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

679 bone skates from two important sites in the Stockholm area were examined. Cattle bones dominate in Birka (8th to loth centuries AD), while horse bones are more numerous in Sigtuna (10th to 13th centuries AD). The average length of the skates is c. 20 cm in Birka and c. 22 cm in Sigtuna. It seems that in Birka, bone skating was practiced mostly by children. In Sigtuna it also became popular among adolescents and perhaps young adults. Ethnological analogies strongly support the interpretation of bone skates as toys and sporting equipment.

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2016. Vol. 111, no 1, 7-16 p.
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137762ISI: 000389738300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137762DiVA: diva2:1063973
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2017-01-11Bibliographically approved

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