BSs Bulk Sieving samples. These are collected once the GBAs have been collected and consist of a large sample around 50kg (3050 litres) in size. They allow a general assessment of the coarser components of the layer, to recover small artefacts and the analysis of larger plant remains, large insects, molluscs and vertebrates (primarily fish, bird and small mammals) (Dobney et al. 1992, 24).

GBAs General Biological Analysis samples. A 5-10kg sample of sediment from an archaeological layer, used for the analysis of plant macro-fossils, invertebrates (particularly insects, molluscs and eggs of parasitic worms) (Dobney et al. 1992, 24-5).

MNI Minimum number of individuals.

NISP Number of identified specimens.

SMR Sites and Monuments Record. The East Riding Sites and Monuments Record is available through the Humber Archaeological Partnership, The Old School, Northumberland Avenue, HULL, HU2 0LN, UK

SRs Site Riddled samples. Ideally the remains of a layer after the BSs and GBAs have been carried out. They are usually riddled and sorted on site to recover a wide variety of medium-sized artefacts and to provide the principal vertebrate assemblages (Dobney et al. 1992, 25).


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