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About winderjssc

I have a background in ecological studies in both the museum and the research laboratory. I'm passionate about the natural world right on my doorstep and enthusiastic about capturing what I see through photography, wanting to open the eyes of everyone to the beauty and fascination of nature. I am author of Jessica's Nature Blog [https://natureinfocus.wordpress.com]. I have 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. I am an archaeo-malacological consultant through Oysters etc. where I am publishing summaries of my shell research and other oyster related topics [Oysters etc. at https://oystersetcetera.wordpress.com]. Photographic Salmagundi [https://photosalmagundi.wordpress.com] is a showcase of photographs and digital art on all sorts of subjects - not just natural history. P.S. The current profile picture was taken in 2015 at Whiteford Sands in Gower where I am kneeling to take pictures of an ancient buried tree trunk emerging from the peat for the first time after submersion by rising sea levels about 6000 years ago.

Flat Oyster shells at Rhossili Bay

A gallery of pictures of European Flat Oyster shells (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) washed up on the sandy beach at Rhossili Bay in South Wales on 2nd February 2018. Photographed just as they were found, they are all separated left and … Continue reading

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Flat Oyster Shells at Swansea Bay

A gallery of pictures of European Flat Oyster shells (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) washed up on the sandy beach at Swansea Bay in South Wales on 1st February 2018. Photographed just as they were found, they are all separated left and … Continue reading

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Pacific Oyster Shells

A gallery of images of Pacific Oyster shells (Crassostrea gigas Thunberg) – sometimes also known as the Portuguese Oyster although recent work suggests this is a separate species despite the fact that the two species can interbreed.

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Molluscs in Archaeology – new book announcement

I am delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of a brilliant new book called Molluscs in Archaeology – methods, approaches and applications edited by Michael J. Allen and published as part of the Studying Scientific Archaeology Series (3) by Oxbow … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 A substantial industry, as indicated by large middens, … Continue reading

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