Hello world!

This new blog is about the variations that can be observed in the shells of edible marine molluscs – such as oysters, cockles, winkles and whelks – and how these differences can help us understand the way that marine shellfish resources were exploited in the past. It will look at seashells from archaeological excavations and also from modern mollusc populations. It will mostly be about the European Flat Oyster (British Native Oyster) Ostrea edulis Linnaeus.

Oysters etc. will draw on studies I have made over the past thirty years – during which time I have examined and recorded the measurements and macroscopic details of many thousands of oyster shells and analysed the resulting quantitative and qualitative data. The research has mostly been undertaken on archaeological material from sites in southern England dating to the last two thousand years.

I will summarise the published and the unpublished reports I have compiled and give full references to the work. Where possible, I will make pdf files of unpublished reports available.

My main aim is to share the knowledge I have acquired about understanding the lives of  people in the past through the study of oyster and other marine mollusc shells; and to provide information for anyone wanting to undertake similar research in the future.

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About winderjssc

Jessica Winder has a background in ecological studies in both the museum and the research laboratory. She is passionate about the natural world right on our doorsteps. She is enthusiastic about capturing what she sees through photography and wants to open the eyes of everyone to the beauty and fascination of nature. She is author of 'Jessica's Nature Blog' at http://natureinfocus.wordpress.com. Jessica has also extensively researched macroscopic variations in oyster and other edible marine mollusc shells from archaeological excavations as a means of understanding past exploitation of marine shellfish resources. She is an archaeo-malacological consultant through Oysters etc. and is publishing summaries of her shell research work on the WordPress Blog called 'Oysters etc.' at https://oystersetcetera.wordpress.com 'Photographic Salmagundi' at http://photosalmagundi.wordpress.com is a showcase of photographs and digital art on all sorts of subjects - not just natural history.
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2 Responses to Hello world!

  1. Karim says:

    Hello Jessica! It’s a great surprise to find your blog. I am currently learning about archaeo-malacology and I loved the information you kindly share. I’ve come across some shells bearing circular perforations in the archaeological record, but I find it hard to tell whether those are produced by natural or antropogenic means. Would love to know your opinion.
    Keep on sharing 🙂

    • winderjssc says:

      Hello, Karim. I am pleased that you have found the information useful. If you would like to send some photographs of your shell specimens with the circular perforations to my e-mail address at winderjssc@aol.com, I will see if I can tell what has caused them.

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