[MR] History Blog: 10th C. Skate from Moravia

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 01:55:26 PDT 2024

Noble Friends,

Today the History Blog reports on the discovery of an ice skate thought to
date to the 10th or 11th century. It was found during a salvage dig in the
Czech city of Přerov.

The object is made from a horse shinbone. It was attached to the user's
shoe or boot by straps through holes drilled in each end. There were no
graceful spins or axels with this skate. The user would likely have hobbled
along using a stick for balance and propulsion, so it is actually more of a
very short ski. It could also have been attached to a small cart.

The skate is on view at https://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/69717 .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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