- Oyster shells from archaeological sites: a brief illustrated guide to basic processing is included in this post as a free downloadable PDF file. See below.
- It is a starter’s guide to handling oyster shells (British Native Oyster, European Flat Oyster, Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) from archaeological excavations.
- This handbook can be used in conjunction with other postings both on Oysters etc. and Jessica’s Nature Blog that provide more information about various characteristics of oyster shells, and surviving evidence of their infestation and encrustation by marine invertebrate epibiont organisms.
- The guide provides useful information for recognising observable macroscopic details. It suggests some simple methods for processing archaeological oyster shells that may be useful for collecting and collating data, in both a qualitative and quantitative way, prior to further statistical analyses and interpretation.
- Thirty Figures with 63 colour photographs illustrate the topics discussed.
- Sources of information are provided in a bibliography; and relevant textbooks are recommended.
Click here for PDF file Oyster shells from archaeological excavations: a brief illustrated guide to basic processing 12.24MB
N.B. The large file size means that it may take quite a while to download – depending on the speed of your internet connection. You may need to be patient.
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