Containment, closure and red deer
a Late Neolithic butchery site at Skaill Bay, Mainland, Orkney
red deer, Neolithic, Orkney, Butchery site
Skaill Bay; Mainland; Orkney; Scotland; UK
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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