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Title: Beaver femur / Ungulate neural spine
Item Name: Ecofacts


Two animal bones found in a peat deposit at Park Farm quarry, Gembling, Holderness (grid reference TA 121578) during sampling of late glacial sediments by the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburght in 2015. The contents of a kettle hole and overlying Holocene period peat were being removed by a mechanical excavator. The bones were noted at the base, close to the section and are presumed to come from the adjacent peat. No radio carbon date is currently available. The first bone is the femur of a beaver, with an erosed surface and no obvious traces of cutmarks. The second bone has been identified as coming from the vertebral neural spine of either an elk (Alces alces) or an Auroch (Bos primigenius), both species likely being extinct in Britain by the mid Holocene period. There are faint cut marks visible on the flat surfaces of the bone, consistent with having been made by flint tools. so it is possible these finds may date to the Prehistoric period.

Materials: bone
Measurements: Femur: 8.8cm x 3.5cm
ID_Number: ERYMS (BAG) : 2023.45