New English Heritage guidelines that aim to promote high professional standards in zooarchaeological practice have been published and feature a case study on Wessex Archaeology’s recent excavations at High Post near Salisbury. The excavation revealed a large, complex deposit of articulated animal bones dated to the Early Iron Age and thought to represent the remnants of a communal feast.
Deposits of this type represent short lived episodes of deposition unlike the general refuse that accumulates at most sites, and the High Post case study illustrates the value of seeking specialist advice at an early stage and provides a realistic strategy for recording deposits of this type.
To download your free copy of the guidelines visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/animal-bones-and-archaeology/
By Lorrain Higbee