Am Mon, 2003-10-27 um 06.59 schrieb Paul Barford:
> Amy Thompson's seminar deadline is approaching fast and we still seem not to
> have turned up the answer to the question how you tell the difference
> between dolphin and porpoise bones.
Amy - you should try to contact Finbar McCormick and Emily Murray...
You'll find their addresses here
> If Amy has not been able to come up with something either, she can always
> bluff her way through by deflecting attention to dolphins and porpoises in
> ancient art, such as Minoan frescoes. For several centuries BC, The Black
> Sea coast port of Olbia produced "coins" in the form of several varieties of
> little cast bronze dolphins (or ARE they porpoises?), there's stacks of them
> on the Internet offered by US Greek coin dealers, presumably looted from
> this Ukrainian site with metal detectors.
Now - that's indeed interesting - but comparing meditteranean figurative
art and medittereanean and atlantic daily life is misleading.
Dolphins/Porpoises did figure prominetely in the meditteranean, but I'm
quite certain that thenever been really ditinguished, apart from:
dolphin is name of the beast which was NOT eaten.
The question of the usage of marine mammals was treated badly and
prejudicated until recently - but I sincerely hope that it will change
now, that new research will show a much larger percentage of these
species in old and new contexts.
> Mind you, Herodotus while staying there was far more interested in the local
> delicacy of tasty fish from the Dniepr which had no bones, now there's a
> problem for archaezoologists.
Indeed - but this remembers me of something completely different - fish
In Dublin I came across Sturgeon bones found the in the Viking levels.
What do we know about British sturgeon (apart from vage references that
Sturgeon is listed in some books as endemic species...)?
> Best of luck
> Paul Barford
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