Mar 26, 2024

1,000-Year-Old Ice Skate Discovered in Czech Republic

Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have stumbled across an incredible find — an apparent 1,000-year-old ice skate!

Archaeologist Zdeněk Schenk, who led a team of researchers, said that the ice skate was made with an animal’s bone rather than metal.

“The object has a specific shape,” Schenk explained. “On one side, it is curved into a tip which has a hole drilled in it, and there is another hole at the back.”

According to the outlet, the ice skate was discovered in the city of Přerov during a “rescue” excavation in the basement of a home in the area.

During the interview, Schenk said that the centuries-old innovation was resistant to rust thanks to the material being built from the bone of an animal, though it is unknown what type of mammal remains were used. He said it may have been made from a horse bone.

He also described how the ice skates were made.

“[The holes] were used to thread a strap through, which was used to attach the skate to a shoe or to a wooden sledge,” Schenk said.

The researcher also added that there are not enough biological remnants to accurately date the archeological find, however, by examining other artifacts that the ice skate was found near, those involved with the discovery were able to determine how long ago the invention was used.

“It dates back to the time when there was a very important fortress in the area of the Upper Square,” the archaeologist said. “It served as a stronghold for Polish King Boleslav the Brave, who occupied Moravia at the time and had his soldiers stationed there.”

Schenk added that whoever used the ice skates likely did so for more practical use instead of sporting or leisure activities seen in modern times.

“Rather than skating, they would shuffle along the frozen surface with the help of a stick or two,” Schenk said.

As remarkable as the discovery is, the archaeologist noted that similar finds have been reported in other European locations, possibly linking them to Nordic origins.

“The bone skate from Přerov is nearly identical to skates recovered in northern Europe, for example from Birka in Sweden—a very famous archaeological site from the Viking Age—and also from York in England or Dublin in Ireland,” the archaeologist also told Newsweek.

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