Primary Source

Bone comb

A Stone Age comb with a horse head carved into the handle


Historians and archeologists can learn a great deal from artifacts such as this comb that may date from the Neolithic or Late Stone Age. Items found near the artifact can help provide context such as when the artifact was created and what it might have been used for. This comb, carved from bone, was found on the island of Gotland which is presently part of Sweden. It may have been used to comb nits (fleas eggs) out of someone's hair.

This source is a part of the Analyzing Material Objects methods module.


How to Cite This Source

"Bone comb," in World History Commons, [accessed May 26, 2023]