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December 2010



Two nice combs from the medieval city center of Bremen (excavation Bredenplatz 2008). The upper one was found in a layer dated to the 11th century, the lower one is from the end of the 12th or the beginning of the 13th century. Both are made from bone.

Hans Christian Küchelmann

November 2010

A comb that is interesting me at the moment. It is from the broch at Howe in Stromness, and is described as ‘found in ditch deposits’ dating to the early centuries AD (Ballin Smith (ed) 1994, 177). This is one of three single-sided one-piece combs in the Orkney Museum (as distinct from miniatures), but this one has a very close parallel from Kettleburn in Caithness, and I’m wondering how many more there may be.

Alice Choyke


October 2010

bta_10_2010_hechelkamm.jpgA so called „Hechelkamm“, a comb used for processing flax made of halved ribs from cattle or red deer fixed by bast cords.

This example was found at the lake dwelling site Nidau-BKW at the shore of the Lake of Bienne, canton of Berne, Switzerland. The dating is approximately 3.400 BC.

Jörg Schibler

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