Food for Thought

Subsistence will always be an integral part of the human condition. This underscores the importance of faunal, animal bone, remains in understanding the past. Historical archaeologists incorporate animal bones in order to understand what humans ate, their social identity, based on cuts of meats, religious affiliations, such as constraints on pig consumption, whether they domesticated animals, how they managed their resources, and so on and so forth.

Wye House bird bones

Wye House Unit 80 bird bones. Source: Ian Guillermo

After sifting screening through the dirt from countless of buckets ,your eye catches a glimpse of this yellowish, spongy artifact that when held is light. You then get excited because you found a bone!, seriously am I the only one? and for the prospect of analyzing what you found back in the lab. In Unit 80 Level F, I found several small bird vertebras while slowly screening the dirt, to the dismay of my fellow group members- I am looking at you Angie! So you may ask, what happens to the bone after it is bagged and checked in? The bones will go through a process of dry cleaning since at this point the bones are weathered and porous. Afterwards it will be placed in the drying rack along with other artifacts in this provenience and then subsequently re-bagged. It would then be sent to the lab!

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