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ostrich bones

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Umberto Albarella <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 12 Dec 2002 11:27:45 +0000

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Dear Zooarchers,
I have just received the following query from Carl Phillips. I have
already mentioned to him that I think that it is very unlikely that
ostrich bones would be misindentified and that I know of the ostrich
bone from Roman Tunisia found by Ariane Burke. Can anybody add any
information?
Cheers,
Umberto

Umberto Albarella
Dept of Archaeology
University of Durham
Durham DH1 3LE, UK
tel. +44-191-3741139


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From: Carl Phillips <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 09:59:23 +0000

Dear Umberto,

I hope you are well and happy in Durham. At the moment I am in London
and in
the final stages of writing an article about Ostriches in South
Arabia. And
I was wondering if you could help me with one problem that has been
niggling
away at my brain - i.e. Why aren't ostriches found in the faunal
remains
from archaeological sites. In Arabia there are many depictions of
ostriches
being hunted from the 3rd mill BC (if we believe Anati) up until the
early
first millennium BC. In historical times there are numerous accounts
of
ostrich being hunted etc. There are many examples of ostrich
egg-shells
being found on Neolithic sites through to their present day use but
I've not
seen a single reference to an ostrich bone from an archaeological
site.
Maybe Arabia is unrepresentative with very few zooarch reports to
date. But
I get the impression that the picture is the same from elsewhere in
the
Levant and Maesoptamia. Do you know if the picture is different from
Africa/Egypt ?  And perhaps more important, is it possible that
ostrich bones are
being wrongly identified ? As a non bone specialist I would have
thought
that at an ostriches bones would be quite distinctive. Anyway, if you
could
give this a moments thought I would be very grateful.

Greetings to yourself and Marina for Christmas and all that ...

Yours,

Carl.

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