Intentional or incidental thermal modification? Analysing site occupation via burned bone

Asmussen, Brit (2009) Intentional or incidental thermal modification? Analysing site occupation via burned bone. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 2: 528-536. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2008.10.005


Author Asmussen, Brit
Title Intentional or incidental thermal modification? Analysing site occupation via burned bone
Journal name Journal of Archaeological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-4403
1095-9238
Publication date 2009-02
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jas.2008.10.005
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 528
End page 536
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract Although there has been extensive experimental research on the thermal modification of bone, the results have rarely been applied to interpret zooarchaeological assemblages. The faunal assemblage from Wanderer's Cave, Australia was analysed to investigate the origins, timing and context in which faunal specimens became burned during the mid-late Holocene occupation of the site. Statistical analyses of uniformity of burning, burning over fracture surfaces and epiphyses, frequency of carbonisation by prey taxa, and thermal modification of canid modified specimens indicate that the majority of faunal specimens were unintentionally modified when on the surface of the deposit or while buried in sediment when fires were lit at subsequent site occupation events. Thermal modification at the site does not reflect intentional cooking activities. Significant preservation biases were identified from the lower acidic levels of the site, preventing knowledge of the early fire history at Wanderer's Cave. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Burned bones
Cooking
Taphonomy
Differential preservation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Available online 15 October 2008

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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