January 2017

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Photos: Alice Choyke

Winter time in the Northern hemisphere, time to go out for sports! For instance, skating with some bone skates. The ones shown above are made out of horse metacarpi and have been found in the Late Bronze Age Urnfield culture settlement of Törökbálint near Budapest in Hungary. Apart from being early finds they show some rather elaborate and unusual modifications (Choyke & Bartosiewicz 2005, 320; Choyke & Schibler 2007, 58-59, fig. 11).

Alice Choyke & Hans Christian Küchelmann


Choyke, Alice M. & Bartosiewicz, Laszlo (2005): Skating with Horses: continuity and parallelism in prehistoric Hungary. – Revue de Paléobiologie spéc. 10, 317-326
Choyke, Alice M. & Schibler, Jörg (2007): Prehistoric Bone Tools and the Archaeozoological Perspective: Research in Central Europe. in: Gates St-Pierre, Christian & Walker, Renee B. (eds.): Bones as Tools: Current Methods and Interpretations in Worked Bone Studies, British Archaeological Reports International Series 1622, 51-65, Oxford
Küchelmann, Hans Christian & Zidarov, Petar (2001-2016): Bone Skates Database