4,000-year-old teenager discovered in ancient burial site ... the body was found in a foetal position and wearing an amber necklace
“We’ve found the remains of at least 13 pigs so far,” says Leary, “and that’s just in one small area. We are talking about a lot of meat here. This would have been a big deal.” .... A layer of ash near the center of the building indicates a very hot fire was kept burning here for long periods of time. It may have been for roasting the many pigs, or possibly for firing bluish sarsen stones that were found nearby and whose minerals show signs of having been repeatedly heated white hot.
Published this week in archaeology journal Antiquity, the research details results from the analysis of more than 70,000 fragments bone - the largest collection of prehistoric animal bones ever discovered in Wales.
This, the researchers say, is a remarkably rare survival in a country where the acid nature of soils normally means the loss of this evidence of past ways of life.
Equally significant is the discovery that the majority of the pig bones were from just one quarter of the animal - the right forequarter – suggesting a selective feasting pattern.
Biomolecular analysis of teeth and bones has also demonstrated that many of the pigs were not locally-raised and may have been brought to the site from a substantial distance away, a monumental feat in prehistoric Britain.
the analysis of more than 70,000 fragments bone ... this, the researchers say, is a remarkably rare survival in a country where the acid nature of soils normally means the loss of this evidence of past ways of life.... The research was undertaken by Dr Madgwick, a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, and co-author Dr Jacqui Mulville, Reader in Bioarchaeology
Dr Madgwick said: "Surprisingly, nearly 80% of the animal remains at Llanmaes were from pigs, at a time when sheep and cattle were the main food animals and pork was not a favoured meat.
Mick Harper wrote:If acid soil destroys bone it is unlikely that any bones will survive, given the elapse of such a long period of time. Thus the survival of large bones (presumably in non-acid soils) could/would be diagnostic.
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