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Re: Sheep tibia pins/gouges in Cremations

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"V. Rajkovaca" <[log in to unmask]>

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V. Rajkovaca

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Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:18:12 +0000

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Hi all, 

It looks like we are getting something similar (Over, Cambridgeshire, 
Barrows). The work is ongoing, but I clearly remember our osteoarch showing 
me all these calcined pin (perforation and all) fragments, clearly 
fashioned from sheep/ goat elements. I haven't had a chance yet to have a 
proper look, but will see what I can find and send.

All the best, 
Vida


On Nov 11 2011, Julia Cussans wrote:

>Hello,
>
> These sound very interesting. One would assume as the bone is worked it 
> would have been clean and dry when burnt, as opposed to covered in flesh 
> like I guess the rest of the bone was. Could this be the cause for the 
> difference in bone cracking (possibly associated with moisture content)? 
> Has anyone done any work on this?
>
>Julia
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>
>
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>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: Jacqui Mulville 
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>  Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 10:36 AM
>  Subject: [ZOOARCH] Sheep tibia pins/gouges in Cremations
>
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>  Zooarchers, 
>
>  I have just looked at a group of cremations from the entrance graves on 
> the Isles of Scilly for a RC dating project (probably Bronze Age - but no 
> dates) and we found a number of small sheep tibia gouges/pins. These were 
> from tiny individuals, a number had the distal end intact with the shaft 
> worked to an open point. The artefacts were calcined. They accompanied 
> four cremations in one tomb with a number more recorded from another (the 
> majority of tomb contents from the isles are unfortunately lost). Does 
> anyone know of parallels?
>
>  One individual was accompanied by faience and glass beads. The burning 
> of the pins/gouges suggests they were burnt with the individuals, however 
> they were much less fragmented than the human bone? Were they treated 
> differently? Were they dress pins?
>
>  Any sheep/human cremation parallels from prehistory welcome.   
>
>  Best wishes 
>
>  Small pic of one pin/gouge on facebook page - 
>   
>  
> http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=260206660697897&set=pu.253287838056446&type=1&theater
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-- 
Vida Rajkovaca 
Zooarchaeologist
Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Dept. of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
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