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This intricately decorated item, discovered in an excavation in Waterford City, was a trial piece, perhaps intended to be made into a comb. It is currently on display in Reginald's Tower Museum, Waterford.

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Bone combs and comb parts from Ribe. Details about the exhibition can be found at

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Horsebone skates and leather shoes from Ribe excavations. Details about the exhibition can be found at

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Comb fragments at 'Aros in the Viking Age' exhibition on excavation site underneath Nordea Bank in Århus Denmark. Aros = Århus. Replicas and original artefacts from everyday life in Viking Århus.

Assorted Viking-Age artefacts from excavations in York, including bone needles, loom weights and wooden objects on display in the temporary Jorvik: Home and Abroad Exhibition in St Mary’s, Coppergate. Photo taken by Kisha G. Tracy.

A Viking comb and a bronze pin found at Larne, County Antrim, and are on display in Ulster museum, Both items were found in 1840 in a male Viking grave dating to the tenth century.

Although television and film often depict Vikings as muddy, filthy…

These tablets would have been used for tablet or card weaving. This is a technique for making narrow decorative bands of the sort that would have decorated the hems of Vikings' clothes.

These carved bone pieces were found in Winetavern Street and Fishamble Street, Dublin.

These two whalebone bats were found in the High Street, Dublin, while the pin was found on Fishamble Street.

Wooden chopping boards with Viking-style decoration and decorated bone combs in cases.

Bone tablets for tablet weaving. These would be used for weaving the braids that decorated the edges of Viking tunics.

A tent opened up to become a shop at Tønsberg Viking Festival. It sells a variety of reproduction goods, including pendants, wooden plaques, beads and much more.

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Vikings are often portrayed as barbaric, dirty warriors. However, archaeological finds indicate that they were well-coiffured, well-clad, and, not least, well-combed.

Bronze pin and bone or antler comb found in a male Viking grave near Larne, County Antrim, in 1840. The grave dates dating from the tenth century. On loan from Duke of Northumberland at the Ulster Museum, Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Objects found in a male Viking grave near Larne in 1840, in County Antrim. The grave dates from the 10th century. On loan from Duke of Northumberland at the Ulster Museum. The objects include an iron sword, an iron spear-head and ferrule, a bronze…

This website provides a general synthesis of data about early medieval combs, including Viking and Viking Age combs.

Cite this as: S. Ashby 2011 'An Atlas of Medieval Combs from Northern Europe', Internet Archaeology 30.…

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The Scar Dragon Plaque is one of the most impressive of the finds from the Norse Scar Boat Burial, excavated in 1991. The grave contained the remains of an adult man, an elderly woman, and a child along with grave goods. The artefacts date to c. 875…
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