A pair of 1,500-year-old Viking ice skates, crafted from leather and horse bones, has been unearthed by archaeologists.

Kane Khanh | Archeaology
May 6, 2024

Medieval ice skates made of horse bones found in Russia, Ice Age animal remains unearthed in England, ancient Roman mosaic uncovered in London.

Viking ice skates, made from leather and horse-bone, found in York. The  skates weren't blades designed to bite the ice like today's nimble models.  They were likely used very much like skis,

1,000-Year-Old Ice Skates Made From Horse Bones Unearthed At The Remains Of A Medieval Russian City

Skate Made With Bone

Oleg OleynikovTrong khi trượt băng được sử dụng như một phương thức di chuyển thiết yếu ở phía bắc Á-Âu trong thời trung cổ, bằng chứng khảo cổ học cho thấy người Nga thời Viking chỉ làm điều đó cho vui.

Founded in approximately 860 C.E., the historic city of Novgorod dates back to the very beginnings of Russian history, when it served as both a major trading center and the administrative capital of a vast territory that stretched from the Gulf of Finland to the Ural Mountains. Home to writers and artists that created some of Russia’s oldest surviving works, Novgorod has been the site of a decades-long series of astounding discoveries, including medieval manuscripts etched onto birch bark and the fabled Novgorod Codex, the single oldest book in Russian history.

Now, archaeologists in Novgorod have unearthed a stunning trove of artifacts unlike anything they’ve ever found before: 50 ice skates dating to the Viking era and made with the bones of horses. The bones were carefully sculpted into blades that would slide smoothly across the ice, allowing everyone from children to adults to enjoy wintertime fun throughout the medieval era.

Treasure Trove Of Ice Age Animal Remains Found During Construction In England

Woolly Rhinoceros Mandible

The development of Sherford began in 2015 and appeared rather promising. A new town in Devon, England, it would have 5,500 homes and sit near the bustling port city of Plymouth. Fortunately, developers requested archaeologists comb the area before breaking ground — leading to the discovery of animal remains that date back to the Ice Age.

These remains included the tusk, molar tooth, and other bones of a woolly mammoth. Experts also found the lower jaw and partial skull of a woolly rhinoceros, with a complete wolf skeleton to follow. Other findings include partial remains of a hyena, horse, reindeer, mountain hare, and red fox, plus the bones of bats and shrews.