Bracers or bracelets? About the functionaity and meaning of... (2008)

Title Bracers or bracelets? About the functionaity and meaning of Bell Beaker wrist-guards
Published in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, Vol. 74, p.109-140.
Author Fokkens, H.; Achterkamp, I.; Kuijpers, M.H.G.
Date 2008
Type Article
Abstract The Bell Beaker bracers, or wrist-guards, are traditionally thought to have functioned as archery equipment, protecting the arm against the sting of the bowstring. Their position on the body is therefore thought to have been on the inside of the lower arm. Through analysis of the position in which wrist-guards are found, we have come to the conclusion that they were, however, more often than not fastened to the outside of the arm, which leads us to consider a range of new possible uses and meanings for the bracers. With combined information from archaeological and ethnographic surveys we have come to think of the stone wrist-guard as an artefact that was associated with a martial, ideologically-laden activity in the Bell Beaker culture.
Persistent Identifier URN:NBN:NL:UI:26-1887/14241
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Repository Leiden University

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