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Claire returns to Aberdeen!

May 31, 2016

Claire has returned to Aberdeen for another visit as part of the new AHRC/Labex collaboration. Claire is a specialist in the study of tools made from animal bone and ivory, and has spent this week in the human palaeoecology laboratory, working with Edouard – project PhD student and zooarchaeologist. Claire and Edouard have spent the week focusing on bird exploitation, combining their expertise to get insights into past technology and subsistence. Among the hunted species they have identified swans, geese, ducks, gulls and cormorants at the site. Interestingly, the bones of all these species bears the marks of exploitation for producing points and needles, although the biggest species were used for this more frequently than others. Photographs show the waste products of bone technology production (debitage) and also a pointed tool, and two bird bone points inserted in a wooden shaft found at the site.

Bird explotation at Nunalleq

Claire, Edouard and Kate

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  1. Marjorie permalink
    June 2, 2016 20:05

    What is it about bird bone that makes it the choice for needles? Does it fracture to a sharper point? I sew both by machine and hand and am fascinated by the small differences in steel needles that make certain sewing tasks quilting or sewing leather easier. Not just any old needle Will do.
    May I ask if dates have been set for this summer’s explorations?
    Best wishes to all..

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