Containment, closure and red deer

a Late Neolithic butchery site at Skaill Bay, Mainland, Orkney

Colin Richards (Author)

Ann Clarke (Author)

Claire Ingrem (Author)

Jacqui Mulville (Author)

Ingrid Mainland (Author)


Keyword(s):
red deer, Neolithic, Orkney, Butchery site
Location(s):
Skaill Bay; Mainland; Orkney; Scotland; UK
Period(s):
Late Neolithic

Abstract


Erosion of sand dunes in the Bay of Skaill, close to the Neolithic site at Skara Brae, exposed a spread of faunal remains and stone tools representing a Late Neolithic butchery site separated by a wall from a deposit of articulated red deer bone. This is an unusual and significant bone assemblage comprising both fragmented and articulated remains of red deer together with some domesticates. Also a whale mandible was closely associated with the butchery area. An interpretation of the site incorporates a reappraisal of the role of red deer and cattle elsewhere in Late Neolithic Orkney.

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Published
30-11-2016
How to Cite
Richards, C., Clarke, A., Ingrem, C., Mulville, J., & Mainland, I. (2016). Containment, closure and red deer. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 145, 91-124. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/9823
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