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Rectangular or slightly oval plate of stone, usually up to 150 mm long, with perforations at either end for attachment to a strap. It is surmised that bracers were intended to protect an archer's inside wrist from the slap of the bowstring when an arrow is shot. They are characteristic of the Beaker Culture throughout Europe and date to the later 3rd and early 2nd millennia bc. Also known as an ‘archer's wrist guard’.

Subjects: Archaeology.


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