I am currently working on bone assemblages from Roman contexts
excavated at Chichester (Sussex). Among the faunal remains are three
sheep burials (articulated skeletons) - all of them female ewes. The
dates range from 1st to late 3rd century AD.
Phase 3 (AD43 to 70) polled ewe aged c. 6 to 8 yrs
Phase 6 (3rd cent.AD) polled ewe aged c.3 to 4 yrs
Phase 7 (late 3rd) female polled lamb c.1 to 2 yrs
All burials were located in an area of the site that by the 3rd
century had a property that may have been a brothel. In the same area
there were many human neonate burials.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to why polled ewes apparently were
chosen (?) for placing in foundations?
With Best Wishes,
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