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Hodder Level Designation(s) TRENCH 5.CHALCOLITHIC
Recording Fully recorded
Year 2011
Description This is a fill layer from space 449, beneath the layer with the massive concentration of clay balls - (15362). The faunal unit is very small: there are around 30 specimens and most are highly fragmented. With the exception of a single pig-sized long bone splinter and a worked chunk of antler (X5), the entire unit consists of sheep-sized material. Around half of this is scrap. The diagnostics are all caprines, only one of which - a sheep - could be identified confidently to species. The unit is far too small to draw conclusions on element representation, but there are a few fragments from various limb parts, a slightly higher representation of cranial pieces, and equal amounts of rib and long bone splinters. The elephant in the unit is an absolutely complete sheep humerus. This humerus contrasts sharply with the fragmentary nature of the rest of the unit: only four other specimens exceed 50mm, and the median fragment size is around 30mm. The humerus also looks rather fresher than most of the rest of the material in terms of surface condition, having a fairly bright yellow colour and slight weathering, compared to browns, black staining, and moderate weathering in much of the remainder. It seems pretty clear that this specimen, and maybe a couple of the others, had a different taphonomic history to the bulk of the deposit; i.e. It looks very fresh while the rest looks re-worked. DZ count: Ovis: 2 Ovis/Capra: 1
Recorded By (initials) DCO
Recorded By (name) David Orton
Date Recorded 2011-08-10
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David Orton. "Unit 15370 from Turkey/Çatalhöyük/Mound West/Trench 5". (2013) In Çatalhöyük Zooarchaeology. David Orton, Nerissa Russell, Katheryn Twiss, Louise Martin, Sheelagh Frame (Eds.) . Released: 2013-08-16. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

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