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Hodder Level Designation(s) TRENCH 5.CHALCOLITHIC
Recording Fully recorded
Year 2010
Description This is a fill unit from space 345, underlying (15168) and overlying (15174). The faunal unit is very small, with 130 fragments. These vary widely in appearance and condition but are generally fragmentary (median fragment size in the 20-25mm range). Digestion is frequent for a West room fill, at around 10%, and there is the typical sporadic burning, in this case just a few specimens. Most of the material looks residual/reoworked, but there are a few conspicuously fresh pieces in terms of surface condition and colour, if not in terms of fragmentation. These include an atlas and axis that seem to have been articulated in situ and that have both been chopped in the same plane, roughly down the centreline The material seems to be exclusively sheep-sized - caprine where determinate - apart from a few hare-sized pieces, the latter including a small carnivore metapodial. The sample is too small to discuss element representation, other than to say that specimens are anatomically diverse. Overall, this is a unit with almost zero coherence, making it a marked contrast to those from nearby spaces such as 310. DZ count: Ovis/Capra: 3.5 Ovis: 1 Capra (wild): 0.5
Recorded By (initials) DCO
Recorded By (name) David Orton
Date Recorded 2011-08-03
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David Orton. "Unit 15172 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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