Thursday, 27 June 2013

Mineralised Equus Hyoid bones

 The bones in this image belong to the Equus descovered in the old river Tees, they are heavily mineralised and have the same high shine as all the Equus bone found or excavated in the south west area of Cleveland.
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Equus Mandibles with no sign of Periostitis ( Bone spurs )

  1 This image shows two right mandible pieces and a full mandible, they were all found within a mile and a half of the same waterway.
  2 - They all have one thing in common apart from the fact there all Equus, that is a complete lack of  Mandibular Periostitis, damage caused by the use of a bit, on all three examples.
  3 - No damage, Work horses race horses etc. were  particularly susceptible to bone spurs  ( Mandibular Periostitis )  caused by the use of a bit.
 
  4 - The tooth surface on all three examples, show no signs of interference by humans. I have found and excavated many Equus mandible pieces in the becks of south west Cleveland, but am yet to see any signs of Human use.
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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Impact to Equus skull excavated from the old river Tees at Thornaby on Tees Cleveland.

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The first image shows the impact damage on the inner side of the skull.
  2 - This image sows the damage i believe must have been caused by a blunt impact.
  3 - It is possible the damage was done by rubbish in the river flow, but i think this is unlikely as there is no other damage to the jaw or skull.
  4 - This looks deliberate and not modern in any way.
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Monday, 17 June 2013

Preserved leather

I have no idea how old the preserved leather is in the images below, they were all found in Stainton and Maltby becks.


I 1 I have found similar hand made preserved leather in all of the deep beck locations in the south west area of Cleveland North East England.

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  10 This piece has what looks to be a set of gates marked out with some sort of needle.
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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Full mineralised Equus skeleton descovered

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I discovered this half buried mineralised carcass today on the banks of the old river Tees in Middlesbrough Cleveland North East England. But only had a poor phone camera so the images aren't great, the animal seems to have died were it is now, I aim to excavate it tomorrow, and will report my findings. 

Well it was a full carcass but not Artiodactyle it is in fact Equus.

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I am now in the process of cleaning and preserving the skull and mandible.
 
The pics below show the piece after a basic clean, this Equus piece shows no signs of use by man either for transport or work.
 
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I have tested for magnetic content and again have found this skull and mandible like a lot of other mineralised bones excavated in the south west of Cleveland attract a magnet, as ive stated before I believe this is because the animals absorbed some form of Magnetite, either when alive or during burial.
 
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Note the round magnet attached to the bone outlined in red.

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