Argo Journals Article

Volume 2009

Published on:
May 20, 2009


The Zooarchaeology of Shipwrecks

Author(s): Jacob Shidner , Dr. John Bratten

Faunal remains have been examined from archaeological contexts to such a degree that it has its own subfield, Zooarchaeology. Zooarchaeology has answered questions on terrestrial sites concerning topics such as animal domestication, site use, and hunting patterns. However, the zooarchaeology concerning shipwrecks has been limited to little more than describing what was eaten during voyages. This poster will illustrate the conservation, identification, and examination of fauna remains from shipwrecks, specifically the Emanuel Point wrecks, including food remains as well as the remains of other non-human passengers. It will also illustrate how cut marks and breakage can be identified, as well as any evidence of disease. An overview of possible applications of this data and how it can be used to answer questions about the wrecks and the people living aboard the ships at the time is also provided.

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