Animal Teeth in a Late Mesolithic Woman's Grave, Reconstructed as a Rattling Ornament on a Baby Pouch

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Rainio , R & Tamboer , A 2018 , ' Animal Teeth in a Late Mesolithic Woman's Grave, Reconstructed as a Rattling Ornament on a Baby Pouch ' , EXARC journal digest , no. 1 , pp. 6-10 . < https://exarc.net/ark:/88735/10333 >

Title: Animal Teeth in a Late Mesolithic Woman's Grave, Reconstructed as a Rattling Ornament on a Baby Pouch
Author: Rainio, Riitta; Tamboer, Annemies
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Archaeology
Date: 2018-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: EXARC journal digest
ISSN: 2212-523X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324236
Abstract: In one of the Late Mesolithic graves at Skateholm, Sweden, dating from 5500–4800 BC, were buried a woman together with a newborn baby. Altogether 32 perforated wild boar (Sus scrofa) teeth and traces of red ochre pigment were found in this grave as well. These were interpreted by us as a rattling ornament decorating a baby pouch of leather coloured with red ochre. We made an experimental reconstruction and found out that the teeth function well as a rattle when moving the carrier. The reconstruction currently is on display in the European Music Archaeology Project’s travelling exhibition on archaeological instruments.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
Experimental archaeology
Tooth pendants
6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
Sound archaeology
Music archaeology
History of musical instruments
Rattles
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