Associated bone groups; beyond the Iron Age

Morris, James orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5756-0362 (2010) Associated bone groups; beyond the Iron Age. In: Integrating Social and Environmental Archaeologies; Reconsidering Deposition. International Series, 2077 . British Archaeological Reports (BAR), Oxford, pp. 12-23. ISBN 9781407306384

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As zooarchaeologists move away from the purely economic towards ‘social zooarchaeological’ interpretations, the consideration of articulated/associated faunal remains has become more common-place. This paper presents results from a research project which investigated the nature of these associated bone groups (ABGs). The majority of current work on these deposits has utilised Iron Age material, with ABGs becoming synonymous with certain Iron Age sites, particularly Danebury. This paper moves beyond the Iron Age and discusses their presence on sites from the Neolithic to the Medieval period. It utilises the results of a survey of published sources from southern England and Yorkshire and shows that ABGs are commonly recovered from other periods. Their composition is shown to differ between time periods and regions. Finally in light of the data presented it questions how we should view these deposits.

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