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Year 2000
Description A small to medium fill from space 192E. The material is a light to medium brown collection of largely 03 size fragments. About 20% of the material is diagnostic, mainly sheep/goat feet. There are some teeth, but they are highy fragmented (modern breaks) making exact identification difficult in many cases. Most are ruminant, but there is at least one pig tooth, and several equid fragments. Most of the teeth are maxillary and combined with the skull fragments, and the absence of mandibular pieces, seems to indicate that a smashed skull or two may have been part of the original assemblage, but not the mandibles. There is a relatively large number of 03 long bone fragments and (as I am now noticing) although the average size may not be different from the middens there are very consistently 2 to 3 cm long. This is somewhat different from the middens where a few long pieces are mixed in with lots of small trampled pieces. Apart from the sheep there are also a few dog and pig long bones. There is also human atlas, premolar, skull fragments and ribs. There is 3 or 4 % burning, mainly long bone fragments, and one phalanx. There is a small amount of digestion, and little trampling or battering. There are two complete 03 vertebrae, as well as a number of fragments, but in general the rib and vertebra fragments are much less common than the long bone fragments. In summary most of the material is post-butchery but there is some processing as well. in general there is a fair amount of digestion, but not a great deal of gnawing on the bones, perhaps some of the digestion is due to disposal of dog feces rather than all dog scavenging. Two amphibian bones pulled for Emma.
Recorded By (initials) SAF
Recorded By (name) Sheelagh Frame
Date Recorded 2006-06-28
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Sheelagh Frame. "Unit 3487 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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