Oysters and Other Marine Shells from Excavations at the Old Methodist Chapel and Greyhound Yard, Dorchester

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the oyster and other marine mollusc shells report for excavations at Greyhound Yard in Dorchester, England.

Winder, J. M. (1993) Oyster and other marine mollusc shells, in Excavations at the Old Methodist Church and Greyhound Yard Dorchester, 1982-1984, (eds. P. J. Woodward, S. M. Davies and A. Graham), Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series Number 12, Series Editor J. Draper, pp 347 -348.

Permission to use this published report has kindly been granted by Dorset County Museum where it is possible to purchase copies of the full publication.

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The Marine Mollusca in “Redeemed from the Heath – the archaeology of the Wytch Farm Oilfield (1987-90)

Please click on the link below to download a PDF of the report which describes the analyses of edible molluscan remains found in midden deposits on the south shore of Poole Harbour in Dorset, England, with suggestions for the localities being exploited for these shellfish.

Winder, J. M. (1991) Marine Mollusca, in Redeemed from the Heath – the archaeology of the Wytch Farm Oilfield (1987-90), eds. P. W. Cox and C. M. Hearne, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series Number 9 for B. P. Exploration and its partners in the Wytch Farm Development, pp 212-216.

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The Oysters in Excavations at Poole 1973-1983

Please click on the link below to download a PDF copy of the full oyster shell report from excavations in the town of Poole, Dorset, England, in which the oyster studies established

  1. A substantial industry, as indicated by large middens, developed at Hamworthy and Poole in the Saxon and early Conquest period. This industry could well have affected the choice of the site of Poole itself.
  2. Studies of the shells can prove that deposits represent an industry rather than casual exploitation of natural resources.
  3. Poole oysters are distinctive and can be distinguished from oysters from other localities. Ultimately it may be possible to establish the marketing area of these oysters.
  4. Statistical analyses can establish the original environment from which the oysters were obtained. In the case of Poole, comparisons of modern and archaeological samples can distinguish between oysters from within the muddier environment of Poole Harbour and the cleaner conditions in Poole Bay.

Winder, J. M. (1992) The Oysters, in Excavations at Poole 1973 – 1983 by Ian P. Horsey, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series Number 10, Series Editor Jo Draper, pages 194 – 200.

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Late Saxon & Conquest-Period Oyster Middens

Please click on the link below to download a PDF file of the publication in which the late Ian Horsey and I investigated the date and nature of oyster shell midden deposits excavated from beneath the waterfront of Poole in Dorset, England, utilising radio-carbon dating techniques.

Horsey, I. P. and Winder, J. M. (1992) The Late Saxon and Conquest-Period Oyster Middens, in Excavations at Poole 1973-1983 by Ian P. Horsey, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series Number 10, Series Editor Jo Draper, pp 60-61.

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Black clumped oysters at Rhossili

Clump of five oysters shells stained by burialGroup of five left valves of oyster stuck together

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Oyster Shells at Whiteford (25.07.13)

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Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

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Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

Oyster shell (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) on the beach at Whiteford Sands

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Fossil Oysters 3

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

This is the third in the series featuring fossil oyster shells. The photographs are of Deltoideum delta (also known as Liostrea delta) from the Upper Jurassic Period Kimmeridge Clay at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK. The most noticeable feature of this pair of matched valves is the way in which the outline shape differs from the examples already shown in Fossil Oysters 1 and Fossil Oysters 2. Here the shell has a basically regular almost tear-shaped outline in contrast to the others shown in the previous Postings. However, it has in common with them a number of smaller attached oyster shells. Again, two on the left valve (part of the settlement substrate); and one on the right valve which had settled upon it in turn.

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

Fossil Oysters - Deltoideum delta

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