Horse bone

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from Reay, Caithness

Postcard of Horse bone.
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Horse bone

This bone from a small horse was found at Reay in Caithness, where at least five graves of Viking men and women were discovered in the area as a result of erosion of sand dunes. It may have belonged to one of the graves, but the find details are ambiguous.

Astragalus of a small horse, from Reay, Caithness, 900 - 1000

Viking men were sometimes buried with their horses and harness equipment. It may be that they believed a horse was necessary in the afterlife, or perhaps the horse was simply another example of an everyday object included with the grave goods.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-168-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 376
Date: 900 - 1000
Between 900 and 1000
Material: Bone
What: Bone / astragalus
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Reay
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