Saturday, 6 October 2012

Human and animal fossil bones found so far at Stainsby beck location.

These are images of my other finds at the same area i found the Ancient human male  mineralised femur bones one unusually large.
 
 1 - The red outline shows the points of impact.
 
 2 - This impact looks to have been caused by a horn.
 
 3 - I believe the horn damage was caused by the same impact.
 
 4 -  This piece of bone just below the eye socket seems to have refused
 
 


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This i think is a Red deer (Cervus Elephus) tine i found in the same area it measures 13.5 inches, ime not sure how long deer this size have been absent from this area.  We have plenty of  Roe deer, but Ive never heard of red deer or seen any in this area.


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These images show the human male  femur bones also found at this location one of of the male femur bones is described as unusually large in a report i have received.


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There may be no connection but i suspect there is, i believe the Human and animal bones found after flooding could be from a disturbed burial.


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 Above one of the femur bones not long after i discovered it.





9 - The bos skull and  male human femur.




The Antler piece below was found after flooding in the same area of Stainsby beck, it belonged to a very large Cervus ( Deer ) Possibly Cervus Elaphus  ( Red Deer )
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Canis skull below this has spent no time in the rotting organic material of the beck, it must have been released not long before i found it, it does not have a scratch on the bone surface !

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The mineralised bones below are my latest finds in the same area of Stainsby beck.




 18 - 19  - Horse tibia piece .
 
 
 
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Horse tooth
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Unknown Bovidae tooth
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Unknown Artiodactyla mandible
 
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Horse Coffin Bone 
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This Hoof bone has spent little time in the beck.
 
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 Below Bones found on 25,12,2012
 
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 Above Bos Metatarsal

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 Above Bos Metacarpal
The blue silver staining is probably caused by Vivianite
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 Above a Horse Humerus


8 - 12 Antler piece I believe to have been used as some sort of tool.

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10 - Note how smooth the antler is in the areas shown in this image, I believe the antler piece was used as a restraining device, maybe to control sheep. 

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13 - 14 Canis Humerus

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 Above i think is one of the smaller Metapodial bones


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Above unknown piece. 
 
And more found at an earlier date
1 - 6  Unknown metatarsal .
 
 
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7 - 8  Unknown mandible piece .
 
 

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The image above shows a Horse Metapodial
 
 
1 - 2  Horse Femur
 
 
 

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The three images below show a Bos Mandible
 
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The three images below show what i believe to be a Deer Tibia 

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The three images below show an as yet unknown Radius, it looks to be Bovine.

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The two images below show an unknown rib
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 Images 1 and 2 below show a large bird bone probably quite modern  ( Galus Galus ? )


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The two images below show a Horse skull
 
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Horse Metacarpals
 
The first 3 images show a Horse Metacarpal 
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Image 4 shows another Metacarpal but the joint surface is different, i think this must be an age thing.

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Bos Mandible section
 

5 - 9  This Mandible section weighs 300 grams
 
 

6  - This piece when handled feels like stone.
 
 

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8 -  I believe it to have belonged to an Auroch
 
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New finds same location
 
 
 
Images 1 to 3 show a Horse skull piece this is the second Horse skull found at this location.
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Images 4 to 6 show a Horse Humerus.  

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Image 7 shows a rear skull piece from an as yet unknown animal. 

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Images 8 to 10 show a Horse upper tooth.

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Images 11 to 15 show a Bos Cubonavicular Metapodial. 

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Images 16 to 17 show an unknown pelvis piece.

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Images 18 to 20 show a rib piece from an as yet unknown animal. 

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All the above show no signs of attention from man predators or scavengers, and nothing has been done to the sample other than a wash with soap mild disinfectant, then dried and rubbed up with a dry cloth. 
 
 
 
The link below shows the locations of sites related to the Stainton gravel beds.
 
 
 
 New finds 12 01 13
 
 
21 Assorted bones including two horse mandibles from different horses found very close together.

 22 These bones have not spent a long time in the beck, and must have been released in the recent flooding.

 23 This is the exact place i retrieved the two human femurs, a Canis radius a large section of cervidae antler and now this bovine femur shown below .
 
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 25-27  Horse mandible note the canine tooth.

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 29- 31 Second horse mandible found within a metre of the mandible pictured above.

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 32 - 36  Bovine femur

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 37-  39  Horse tibia

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 40- 42 unknown thoracic vertebrae

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 43 - 44  Canis mandible

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 45 - 46 probably a deer tibia

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47 -  48 bos metacarpal

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 49 - 53 unknown tibia possibly canis .

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 54- 56 Horse metapodial

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 57 - 58 Rib piece probably bos

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 59 - 61  Unknown

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 62 - Horse femur piece

 63 - Part of an unknown  mandible
 
 
 
 
All these new mineralised bone finds were found close to the site of the earlier Human and animal bone finds.
 64 - 67  Calcaneus ( ankle bone ) probably Bos.
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 68- 69 Mandible Bos or cervid note the blue teeth.
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70 - Unknown thoracic vertebrae.

 
  71 - Mandible piece
  72 - 73 Horse metatarsal, like a lot i find without a scratch on it !
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  74 - Metatarsal ( unknown )
 75- 76 Scapula piece probably cervid
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  77 -  I think this is a worn Astrogalas.
  78 - Canis mandible probably fox


Grey clay deposit found close to Human bone finds

79 - The clay deposit is apparent on both sides of the beck, and the beck bed, it looks like the beck has been cutting through this clay for a long time.
 
 
 80 - What ime told is a frog leg bone.
 
 
81 - An assortment of shells and another very small bone i sieved from the clay.
 
 
82 - Ime told this is a fragment from a large mammal lumber vertebrae, this was also sieved from the clay.
 
 
 83 Assortment of mammal bones found close by, they include another horse skull that is now three horse skulls found in a 2oo metre stretch of beck, i have never found one horse bone at this location with any sign of butchery
 
 
 
 84  The large metatarsal on the left i believe belonged to a large Auroch, it looks to have been around 300 mm long.

 85  It measures 73 mm widest
 
 
 86  45 mm thickest

 87 The bone wall averages 15 mm
 
 
 88 -  Yet another horse skull this time excavated from the grey deposit that ive sieved the frog bones and snail shells from, this now makes it four different horse skulls in a 200 metre stretch of Stainsby beck .
 
 
 89 - The skull can be seen still buried in the grey deposit. 
 
More on the grey deposit and the bone and artefacts excavated from it can be viewed at the link below. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 


































 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Please feel free to correct me on any part of my blog, i would also welcome any help that can be offered in correctly identifying some of my fossil finds All the best to all Heath.