Buzz bone

Buzz bone

Archaeology

Archaeology

Medieval children collected the small bones from a pig’s foot when the pig was being butchered for meat. A hole was bored in each bone and a string thread through it. Pulling each end of the string (as in the drawing) made the bone spin and make a buzzing noise. These bones were still collected by children in Shetland 100 years ago and were called ‘snorie banes’ (snoring bones).