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CAT KITs

Boney Bits

Animal bones give us lots of evidence about farming and people’s diet. Not much of an animal was wasted and bones were used right up to Victorian times to make all kinds of things! Every CAT KIT has a cattle horn core. Some have cattle jaws and others have pig, sheep or goat jaws. So there is something here for everyone!

Medieval bone prickerMedieval bone pricker for marking out the writing lines on parchment. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Anglo-Saxon bone combAnglo-Saxon bone comb. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman bone spoonRoman bone spoon. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman bone button or toggleRoman bone button or toggle. Can you identify the animal face? © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman bone dieRoman bone die. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman pig and cattle skullsRoman pig (left) and cattle (right, date unknown). Cattle have no front teeth in the top jaw. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Medieval sheep skullsMedieval sheep skulls. The Y shaped lines on the top of the skull (left) shows us these are sheep. A goat skull would have T lines. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Roman pig’s headRoman pig’s head from THE BIG DIG, Canterbury. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


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