I looked at a horse burial for the Ingleby Archaeology Group a few years ago - can't remember the exact details, but I seem to remember thinking that it was a bit strange... I will try to find the report when I get home and send you a copy.
--- On Tue, 24/6/08, Tony Habberley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Tony Habberley <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Horse Burial
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Tuesday, 24 June, 2008, 12:42 PM
> Hi all
> We have been excavating a site near Stafford for the last
> 24 years, the site
> contains a Romano-British villa, Iron-Age and Bronze-Age
> gullies and
> pottery, together with a small number of Neolithic pot
> Recently we unearthed a complete horse burial minus the
> four hoofs, the
> horse would be about 10 hands, the burial is certainly not
> earlier than
> 13/14th century, there are no horse trappings included with
> the skeleton nor
> any datable objects.
> The skeleton was articulated except the head was removed at
> the base of the
> neck and laid on the shoulder, and the front legs were
> removed and placed
> along the lower stomach.
> One can understand that removing the head/neck, and perhaps
> front legs would
> have facilitated a smaller pit, but the removal of these
> parts particularly
> the front legs was strange.
> Instead of removing the front legs at the joint between
> humerus and
> scapular(shoulder blade),or between radius and sternum, the
> legs were
> removed complete with the scapular attached.
> Has anyone any experience of this, or might suggest a
> reason for this.
> Tony Habberley, Penk Valley Archaeological Group.
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