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Year 2003
Description flot. Smpl #2, (7736), >4mm, diagnostics only A medium size unit of medium brown bone. A large amount of the bone has the patchy staining (manganese?) There are a few very heavily carbonized bone and about 3-4% burning in the collection as a whole - mainly small long bone fragments. There is a small amount fragment of digested bone and a few with trample polish. The edges are extremely sharp and unabraded. Most of the bone is 03 long bone fragments with some axial skeleton. Identifiable long bones are very rare, but there are pieces of scapula, ribs and verts. The diagnostics are primarily sheep feet and teeth with a few limb bones. There is also one wolf phalanx and one E. hemionus tooth and a cattle tarsal. The assemblage is a classic carnivore ravaged assemblage, complete with gnawed mandibular heels and only highly fragmented long bones. It is interesting that the digested bone is lower then in some less ravaged assemblage. NB the unit came in in two batches a week apart. The FUD was rewritten to reflect the whole unit as much as possible, but the numbering is all over the place. The flot smpl is 8% burned with a relatively large fragment size and lots of fresh breaks. The edges are sharp and the material is unabraded. There are very few tiny, unidentifiable crumbles. There are few digested frags, which is interesting considering the amount of gnawed bone in the dry sieve. The diagnostics are primarily sheep/goat feet and teeth, with one cattle second phalanx. The material is consistent with a rapidly buried, carnivore ravaged and not very dense fill (whew). Flot smpl. 2 (5538), >4mm, 100% sorted, diagnostics only This seems to be part of the same flot sample analyzed last year. The general description is the same - a typical dirty fill, with a large amount of burning and some abrasion. Flot smpl. 3 (5572), >4mm, 100% sorted, diagnostics only Sample 3 was taken from above the bench in space 194. it is not distinct from sample 2, which was the general fill sample. The material is medium brown, moderately weathered and highly fragmented. There is about 10% burning, but no digestion of trample polish. Few of the pieces are abraded or polished. it looks like ordinary dirty fill and not specifically related to the bench. Flot smpl. 4 (5578), >4mm, 100% sorted, diagnostics only This sample was taken from just above the surface. it is not significantly different from the general fill sample. The fragment size is slightly larger than in sample 2. This is due to both a larger average size and to several large pieces. There is no abrasion or rolling, and the material does not look related to the underlying surface. It is possible that the complete sheep metacarpal and the broken bone point were on the floor, but either are occasionally found in fill. There is slightly less burning than in the area around the oven, closer to 5 % of this sample is burnt. Overall the material looks like very typical, and probably unredeposited fill. Two fragments of a broken bone point and two microfauna bones were pulled from this sample. Last Number = F181
Recorded By (initials) SAF
Recorded By (name) Sheelagh Frame
Date Recorded 2006-06-28
The unique identifier for each contextual unit, matching those used in the central Çatalhöyük excavation database and in publications. The excavation uses single-context recording.

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Sheelagh Frame. "Unit 7736 from Turkey/Çatalhöyük/Mound West/Trench 1". (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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