I'm not really sure from the photos, but I wonder whether you have
considered the possibility for this to be a baculum - perhaps seal?
The concavity would be consistent with that, but seems unlikely to
have been caused by natural wear.
On 18 July 2012 19:37, Albína Hulda Pálsdóttir <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Zooarch members
> More help with strange bones would be much appreciated photos can be seen
> Kind regards,
> Albína Hulda Pálsdóttir
> Íslenskar fornleifarannsóknir ehf
> Reykjavík, Iceland
> On Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM, Albína Hulda Pálsdóttir <[log in to unmask]>
>> Dear Zooarch members
>> I could use some help identifying this bone
>> It comes from a midden context in Reykjavík Iceland and dates to between
>> 1500 and 1800.
>> My current theory is cetacean, worked or sea abraded. The inside does
>> however not fit well with it being a cetacean bone.
>> None of the other bones from the context have this smooth white appearance
>> but the context includes cetacean, sheep, cattle, fish and bird bones.
>> Kind regards,
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