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Containment, closure and red deer: a Late Neolithic butchery site at Skaill Bay, Mainland, Orkney

Richards, Colin, Clarke, Anne, Ingrem, Claire, Mulville, Jacqueline and Mainland, Ingrid 2015. Containment, closure and red deer: a Late Neolithic butchery site at Skaill Bay, Mainland, Orkney. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 145 , pp. 91-124. 10.5284/1000184

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Abstract

Erosion of sand dunes in the Bay of Skaill, close to the Neolithic site at Skara Brae, exposed a spread of faunal remains and stone tools representing a Late Neolithic butchery site separated by a wall from a deposit of articulated red deer bone. This is an unusual and significant bone assemblage comprising both fragmented and articulated remains of red deer together with some domesticates. Also a whale mandible was closely associated with the butchery area. An interpretation of the site incorporates a reappraisal of the role of red deer and cattle elsewhere in Late Neolithic Orkney

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
ISSN: 0081-1564
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 August 2017
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 14:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103637

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