Dispersal of Fish Waste

Andrea E. Bullock1 and Andrew K.G. Jones2

1 Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Service d'Ichthyologie, 57, rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France.
2 York Archaeological Trust and the University of Bradford, Cromwell House, 13 Ogleforth, York, UK, tel: +44 1904 663000, fax: +44 1904 640029 Bone.Bone.YAT@yorkarch.demon.co.uk

Cite this as: Bullock, A.E. and Jones, A.K.G 1998 Dispersal of Fish Waste, Internet Archaeology 4. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.4.11


A known quantity of fish bone was placed within a designated area and left for five weeks. The area was trowelled and the soil was collected and sieved to recover the fish bone. The bone elements recovered show that less than 1% of the material laid out survived. Various factors affecting dispersal of fish bone are briefly discussed.

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