5.4 Animal bone

A. Locker

Burial conditions were only marginally suitable for the preservation of bone. Only a small amount was discovered during excavation, and over half of that collected, mainly fragments, was not sufficiently well preserved to be identifiable, and most of the remainder (29 items) were ox teeth, with one ox metatarsal bone (Table 32). A sheep/goat vertebra and tooth were also tentatively identified. Ox clearly predominated but, because of the small size and poor preservation of the assemblage, it was difficult to assess the significance of this.

Table 32: Summary of animal bone

excavation year number of contexts comment
1972-73, 1977 72 teeth and small bone slivers
1973 2 fragments 'ox teeth'


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