The human, animal, bird and fish bone

Frances Lee (Author)

Andrew Jones (Author)

Paul Halstead (Author)

Dale Serjeantson (Author)

Burials, Vertebrae Animal Bone, Fish Bone, Inhumation, Burnt Bones, Fish Bones, Cut Marks, Pits, Sheep, Cattle Pig Red Deer Dog Seal, Funerary
Late Neolithic, Iron Age, Bronze Age


An extended inhumation from Baleshare was an adult female with poor dental health and joint disease. At Hornish Point a juvenile had been distributed within four pits. Deliberate disarticulation or butchery was evidenced by cut marks on the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae. Animal bone was mainly sheep with cattle, pig, red deer, dog, seal and otter. Many cut marks and burnt bones were identified. A few deposits appear to be deliberate burials of new born animals, of butchery waste and perhaps in one case, of the remains of a funerary feast. A great diversity of fish bones included large shark, gadoids, wrasse, mackerel and several kinds of flatfish. Bird bones included the extinct great auk and crane, along with waterfowl, waders and seabirds.


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Lee, Frances, Andrew Jones, Paul Halstead, and Dale Serjeantson. 2003. “The Human, Animal, Bird and Fish Bone”. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 3 (January), 140-52.