Bones from 46-54 Fishergate

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list of authors
T. P. O'Connor
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Animal Bones [Volume]
volume
15
issue
04
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1991
Date Available
Digitally available on 13 October 2023
Abstract
The report presents results from a study of bone assemblages recovered from 8th-9th century deposits associated with Anglian occupation and from a medieval priory of the Gilbertine order at 46-54 Fishergate. The assemblages described were recovered by sieving on 12mm and 2mm meshes. Anglian samples were characterised by a very low diversity of taxa, with cattle clearly predominant. There is evidence of the organised and selective slaughter of young pigs. Hunting was unimportant, and fishing was based on locally available resources. Black rat was conspicuously absent from Anglian deposits. It is argued that the Anglian occupation differed from later urban sites in its provisioning strategy, and that it may have been a specialised trading settlement. There is some discussion of food production and redistribution in the Anglian period, and comparisons are drawn with other sites of similar date.
The priory gave few useful bone assemblages. Slowly forming soil accumulations yielded a wide variety of small mammals, amphibians and reptiles, with food taxa dominated by cattle and herrings. Sixteenth century deposits associated with the Dissolution gave distinctive and diverse assemblages with a wide range of game birds and fish, similar to assemblages of similar date from elsewhere in York.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-15-4
oclcnum
30048769
isbn10
1872414230
isbn13
9781872414232
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
208
page end
298
number of pages
91

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