Archaeozoological material from 7th century boat-grave in Salme, Estonia

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Archaeozoological material from 7th century boat-grave in Salme, Estonia

Subject

S7-2, The animal in funerary space, oral

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Abstract:

In September 2008, an illuminated cycle track was being built in Estonia, in Salme village, island Saaremaa. While an electrical cable trench was being dug for the lighting of the track, a large number of human bones and some artefacts were found. In course of the archaeological excavations, remains of a boat from the 7th century were revealed. The archaeozoological analyses indicated mainly the remains of domesticated animals: bovine (Bos taurus), sheep (Ovis aries), goat (Capra hircus) and pig (Sus scrofa domestica), but also bird bones were present. No complete skeletons of animals were found, only the parts of skeletons, which indicated that the hashed carcasses were placed into the boat. Among the finds from Salme, there were 71 gaming pieces and minimum 2 dices. 21 gaming pieces are made from cattle femur heads, 50 gaming pieces from whalebone.

Authors:

MALDRE Liina

Affiliations

Institute of History, Tallinn University; Rüütli 6, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
liina.maldre@ai.ee

Creator

Maldre, Liina

Date

August 2010

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Maldre, Liina. " Archaeozoological material from 7th century boat-grave in Salme, Estonia ," in BoneCommons, Item #1353, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1353 (accessed October 21, 2019).