Horse was a fine meal in the old days

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Horse was a fine meal in the old days

Postby SwordfishMining » Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:43 pm

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The Horse Butchery Site is one of many excavated in quarries near Boxgrove, an internationally significant area that is home to Britain’s oldest human remains.

During the excavations in the 1980-90s, archaeologists recovered more than 2,000 razor sharp flint fragments from eight separate groupings, known as knapping scatters.

These are places where individual early humans knelt to make their tools and left behind a dense concentration of material between their knees.

Embarking on an ambitious jigsaw puzzle to piece together the individual flints, Dr. Matthew Pope from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and his colleagues discovered that in every case Homo heidelbergensis were making large flint knives called bifaces, often described as the perfect butcher’s tool.

“This was an exceptionally rare opportunity to examine a site pretty much as it had been left behind by an extinct population, after they had gathered to totally process the carcass of a dead horse on the edge of a coastal marshland,” Dr. Pope said.

“Incredibly, we’ve been able to get as close as we can to witnessing the minute-by-minute movement and behaviors of a single apparently tight-knit group of early humans: a community of people, young and old, working together in a co-operative and highly social way.”

“We established early on that there were at least eight individuals at the site making tools, and considered it likely that a small group of adults, a ‘hunting party,’ could have been responsible for the butchery,” he said.

“However, we were astonished to see traces of other activities and movement across the site, which opened the possibility of a much larger group being present.
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Re: Horse was a fine meal in the old days

Postby PinkDiamond » Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:57 pm

That was interesting, but I think I'll have to pass on the horse meat, and sucking marrow from the bones. Image

Since they were talking about flint tools and other items used for various purposes, I'll show you a spearhead that Steve gave me the other day, that a patient traded to him who said it was found twenty feet down, and an expert supposedly said it was about 4,000 years old. All hearsay to us at this point, but this is the largest we've seen locally, compared to all the other arrowheads we have.

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Re: Horse was a fine meal in the old days

Postby SwordfishMining » Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:22 pm

20 foot down is a geologically measurable time. The Clovis points i found were out of obsidian. I'd show you pictures but Crystal has our family collection at present.


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