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Bone and antler combs: towards a methodology for the understanding of trade and identity in Viking Age England and Scotland

Ashby, S.P. (orcid.org/0000-0003-1420-2108) (2005) Bone and antler combs: towards a methodology for the understanding of trade and identity in Viking Age England and Scotland. In: Luik, H., Choyke, A.M., Batey, C.E. and Lougas, L., (eds.) From Hooves to Horns, from Mollusc to Mammoth: Manufacture and Use of Bone Artefacts from Prehistoric Times to the Present. Muinasaja Teadus . University of Tartu , Tallinn , pp. 255-262. ISBN ISBN-13: 978-9985-50-383-6

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This paper outlines the methodology of a doctoral research project at the University of York. The medium of study is the bone and antler hair comb, and the approach is one of integration. The project’s aims are twofold: to elucidate the means of distribution of these artefacts, and to develop our understanding of identity in Viking Age England and Scotland. The first phase of the project involves the review of methods of raw material analysis, whereby new and established identification criteria will be tested on a large sample of modern material. Should the results prove promising, the techniques will be employed in a study of combs from Viking Age contexts in northern England and Scotland. These zoologically-based methods will then be integrated with techniques taken from other areas of artefact analysis. Style and manufacture will be investigated through a variety of statistical and map-based techniques. These fine-grained analyses will develop our understanding of the way in which these objects were produced and exchanged. Building from these bases, a study of context and associations, together with a review of ethnohistoric evidence from the period, should help to elucidate the comb’s role in the construction of identity.

Item Type: Book Section
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Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Mrs Eva Fairnell
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 10:43
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 23:02
Status: Published
Publisher: University of Tartu
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11093

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