Animal Bones

During 2019 and 2022 we collected over 40,000 animal bones from the excavation on the Rock, nearly all secured in medieval occupation layers. The bulk of these bones show evidence that the animals (mostly pig, cattle, and sheep) were consumed on the island in what we are arguing as a “feasting” environment. This of course leads to a number of questions stemming from the science of zooarchaeology, such as where were the animals kept, what parts of the animals were consumed on the island, and were some animals brought to the island living. The analysis of the bones is ongoing and will keep us busy well into the post-excavation phase of the project!