Boney bits

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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!

Time Team
Time Team

Time Team Canterbury 2000. Making a lantern from flattened sheaths of horn.

Lantern
Lantern

The finished lantern and a cattle horn ‘core’ after the sheath has been removed.

Tenterden Fair
Tenterden Fair

Sheep at Tenterden Fair Spring 2005.

Goat
Goat

Goat and sheep jaw bones are difficult to tell apart. Image by Giu Vicente.

Tenterden Fair
Tenterden Fair

Pig at Tenterden Fair, 2005. I couldn’t see its jaws!

Winchelsea Marshes
Winchelsea Marshes

Inquisitive cows on the Winchelsea Marshes, East Sussex.

Lower jaw
Lower jaw

This is a human bottom jaw. Look how the middle teeth have been worn into a semi-circle. How did this happen? Look for a clue in a CAT KIT! © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Bone waste
Bone waste

Bone ‘waste’ (left overs) from making beads. It is probably medieval. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Parchment pricker
Parchment pricker

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

Comb
Comb

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

Spoon
Spoon

Roman bone spoon. © Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Button
Button

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