If you have whole fruits such as apples in animal dung, this might
provide information concerning the health of the animal's digestive
tract, since these soft tissues should have been digested, rather than
pass through the system whole. Although I have not encountered
whole fruits and don't have an example for you, I think there is some
interpretive value for an ailing digestive tract to your recovery.
Perhaps there is information in animal husbandry literature. I have
recovered evidence of poorly chewed remains in the form of whole date
pits in human paleofeces from Nubia.
Linda Scott Cummings
At 07:15 AM 3/9/2004, you wrote:
Dr. Linda Scott Cummings
I have remains from an interesting deposit from the exterior of a
Bronze Age house. The deposit is partly carbonized, partly
and is a ca. 10 x 20cm pile of small spheroids. Several of them have
classic sheep/goat pellet shape and appear to be comprised of
several are larger and rounder (similar to modern donkey pellets) and
grass-filled, but several in all size classes are indeed small apples
visible seeds, parenchyma, stem, and calyx. Has anyone encountered
fruits that have ben eaten and poorly chewed, or could you please point
toward literature that reports such remains? Thanks very much for
Susan E. Allen
Department of Archaeology
675 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Paleo Research Institute
2675 Youngfield St.
Golden, CO 80401