Anton Ervynck presented a very interesting paper at the recent ICAZ
conference regarding an assemblage that sounds very similar to yours. The
material was from late medieval Malines (Belgium) and was also
(convincingly) interpreted as being related to oil extraction.
You could try contacting Anton directly: [log in to unmask]
At 13:03 4/9/2003 -0400, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>I have also a 'special deposit' from the gallo-roman town of Reims. It is
>only composed of mandibules (and maxillaires and fragment of skull) of
>bos taurus. There are broken in long and on the posterior end. The
>incisive end is not présent. marks of cooking / carbonisation are found on
>the anterior part of the premolar zone.
>In a second sample, there are also mandibules of pigs.
>For me, it is an artisanal deposit (a lot of selected bones !), from the
>butchering chain. Its seem to me that it could be an extraction of oil.
>What do you think of that ?
>Do you know others examples of such samples ? published ?
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