Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Ancient bones and preserved shoe sole excavated from lake bed deposits

  1 This image shows the entire collection of excavated fossil bone including at least seven different animals including horse, ovis -capra, bos, cervidae, and Human tibia, and a leather artefact i believe to be the sole of a shoe, that looks like it  has been decorated with worked fossil bone.   ( See update )
  2 This leather artefact was excavated about 300 mm into the previously undisturbed grey clay deposit.
  3 I hope this image shows what i see ime sure worked bone has been inserted either for decoration or as some kind of fastening. 
  4 The same work marks can be clearly seen on either side of the bone ? inserts.

  6 The underside showing the bone with same worked surface, as the previously shown inner surface.

Today I reported the Human tibia I excavated along with the other fossil mammal bone, it was viewed by the Anthropologist and deemed as ancient, no surprise there considering the Prehistoric deposit it was excavated from, I believe the grey deposit of clay is either the remnants of a large lake or swamp like water body

Human and animal fossil bones found so far at ... - history of a beck 

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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Prehistoric Human tibia shaft excavated from grey deposit at Stainsby beck Thornaby on Tees Cleveland.

 1 - This image shows a a Prehistoric  Human tibia shaft outlined in yellow , before being fully excavated  from the grey lake bed at Stainsby beck. To the right outlined in red some of the other none human bones are visible but most are still buried. I believe the two different Human femurs found at an earlier date just down stream, and the preserved leather moccasin type sole excavated and shown in an earlier post could all be related.

 2 - This image shows the excavated Human tibia shaft washed and dried .

 3 - This image shows an artiodactyle Mandible, and maxilla piece, the teeth tell me this animal was a juvenile .

 4 - This horn core was also excavated very close to the Human tibia shaft and artiodactyle pieces shown in image 3 .

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Monday, 25 February 2013

Bone found in latest excavation into ancient lake deposit at Thornaby on Tees Cleveland.

  1 As yet unknown Artiodactyle lower jaw and right Maxilla .
  2 I have only seen teeth like this once before , maybe just a juvenile thing ?
  3 The morphology looks bos to me .
  4 Although the teeth in the Maxilla look strange .
  6 - 9  Unknown horn core .
  10 - 12  Human tibia shaft .
  11 Its heavy and at least partially mineralised .
  12 Note the concretion attached to the left , ive found a lot of mineralised animal bones with a similar concretion . 
  13 - The mandible , maxilla , horn core , and Human tibia shaft were excavated from the same square foot of grey clay .
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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Gravel bed sat directly on top of Mercia mudstone.

  1 - This exposure at stainsby beck shows a gravel bed sat directly on top of Mercia mudstone.
  2 - The gravel bed can be seen quite clearly sat on the red Mercia mudstone, above the gravel bed the deposits are the same as ive found above the Stainton gravel beds excavated so far in the south west area of Cleveland.

  3 - The Mercia mudstone outcrops in the western Bank of Stainsby beck are red and green - blue ime told this is due to a fault.
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Megaloceros mandible

 1 -  I have  been reliably informed that this  is a  Megaloceros mandible.
 2 - The m3 molar matches a lot of the large fossil cervidae m3 molars ive viewed.
 3 - The muscle attachments are very pronounced i have no mandible that matches these attachments.
 4 - It is the only mandible ive seen with these muscle attachments on the underside of the jaw.
 5 - The muscle attachment pattern on the inner cheek again is like none i posses or have viewed.
 6 - In this image although not exact the difference in the angle of a line drawn through the nerve
 cavity the bos examples are far more severe.
  7 - With bos mandibles either side its not hard to see a big difference .
 12 - Note the depth of the cavity for the muscle attachments.
 13 - 14  Again note the angle difference with the bos example.
 15 - I don't believe this is the mandible of a Megaloceros gigantius but it is from a huge Cervid of Equal size.