Anglo Saxon

Bone Trial Piece

410AD - 866AD

Paper was a rare commodity on Anglian York so craftsmen had to improvise when practicing their designs.

This piece of bone has been used as a trial piece - like a sketch pad.

If you click on it to see the full image you can clearly make out the animal design that was being tried out.

It was found in the Coppergate excavations in 1979.


  • Yorkshire Museum
    The item is on display at the Yorkshire Museum - ref.1979.7.5692

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