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Hodder Level Designation(s) TRENCH 5.CHALCOLITHIC
Recording Fully recorded
Year 2011
Description This is another arbitrary fill layer from space 340, underlying (15366) and overlying (15386). The faunal unit is a moderate size at around 200 fragments - representing a much higher density than seen in (15366) - this is also noted by the excavator. Condition and composition is broadly similar, however. The material is generally in relatively poor condition and looks redeposited, with a lot of dark staining and moderate amounts of burning, gnawing, and digestion. Unlike some fills higher up within the space, there is no separation into fresh and reworked fractions - rather, the unit looks homogenously reworked. Over 90% of the material is sheep-sized - representing caprines where determinate - but there are also a few scrap pieces from larger animals, plus a single fragmentary equid tooth, one tiny splinter of antler, a dog petrious, and five human bones (three phalanges, a patella, and a petrous). Five of the sheep-sized bones are fetal/neonatal, representing at least two individuals of different ages. Body part representation is fairly even, allowing for differential survival. The assemblage is highly fragmentary, with only a handful of bones >50mm and the median size probably under 30mm. The ratio of Ids to scrap is actually fairly high - perhaps 1:2 - but there are very few intact articular ends or small bones.
Recorded By (initials) DCO
Recorded By (name) David Orton
Date Recorded 2012-07-30
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David Orton. "Unit 15374 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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