A Graveyard in the Sun!

At last! Back in Dunfermline Abbey Graveyard again and enjoying warmth and even sunshine. We had a really good turnout and a few new members along to try their hands at excavation.

There was a high bone count today as we finished excavating a small assemblage of long bones, probably chucked back in in 1927 immediately before rubble was put down to prevent further subsidence.

Clearly something interesting going on
Clearly something interesting going on
Some intial finds interpretation
Some intial finds interpretation
Intense supervision
Foreground: Active supervision; Brackground: Static supervision
Hard at work
Hard at work in the graveyard, which is a perfectly normal thing to do
Sieving spoil for missed finds
Sieving spoil for missed finds
Look what we excavated (very carefully)
Look what we excavated (very carefully)
Standing around, so must be break time
Standing around, so must be break time
Standing around, so must be break time
Pretty sure there is some eating going on in the background of this picture
A couple of leaders clearly not doing that
A couple of leaders clearly not doing that
YAC member working on wrecking his knees
YAC member working on wrecking his knees
Teamwork in the graveyard
Teamwork in the graveyard
A find perhaps? A Worm?
A find perhaps? A Worm?
A bothersome tree root
A bothersome tree root

 

Some Bones

Here is a selection of bone, still uncleaned, that we recovered today. To view a larger image just click on a picture.

Human Vertebrae
Human Vertebrae
Interior of fragmented Occipital (back of skull)
Interior of fragmented occipital (back of skull)
Exterior of fragmented Occipital (back of skull)
Exterior of fragmented occipital (back of skull)
Ulna (forearm) and fragmented Femur (thigh bone)
Ulna (forearm) and fragment of femur (thigh bone)
Note the cut mark on this bone
See the cut mark on this bone? How do you think it was caused? Knife? Gravedigger’s spade? Is it a human or animal bone do you think?
A selection of teeth (middle one probably from a sheep)
A selection of teeth. You should be able to spot the odd one out.

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