The importance and cut placement and implement signatures to butchery interpretation: A comparative study of the Romano-British and medieval periods

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The importance and cut placement and implement signatures to butchery interpretation: A comparative study of the Romano-British and medieval periods

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This paper competed for the 2006 Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize. The author has also provided high-resolution versions of all images in this document. To request them, please email the BoneCommons editor at contact@alexandriaarchive.org.

Abstract: This paper presents recently completed research that compared and contrasted the butchery patterns from two key historical periods in Britain. Distinctive butchery techniques were noted from each period, and these were analysed using a novel methodological approach developed specifically for this study. The main aim of the research was to use the results from the analysis of the archaeological cut marks to make inferences relative to the wider economic and cultural changes from the periods in question. The methodology was multidisciplinary employing contemporary analogues, experimental replication of implements / archaeological cut marks and historic documentary evidence. The method proved highly effective, eliciting results that demonstrated distinct patterns of butchery from each period, leading to interpretations regarding both economic development and the way meat was used and viewed within these periods. [b:6f20e70002]Keywords[/b:6f20e70002] Butchering patterns, implements signature, cut placement, medieval, Roman.

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Krish Seetah

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Krish Seetah. "The importance and cut placement and implement signatures to butchery interpretation: A comparative study of the Romano-British and medieval periods," in BoneCommons, Item #452, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/452 (accessed December 7, 2019).

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