Faunal Remains Analysis

Louisa Gidney is an established specialist in the analysis of faunal remains from archaeological excavations, see list of published reports. While Louisa remains the in-house specialist for Archaeological Services, Durham University, the down-turn in the construction industry is having a deleterious knock-on effect and there is capacity to handle more work either through Durham University or on a private consultancy basis.

Through the small-holding, detailed on the Livestock page, Louisa has acquired an unrivalled reference collection of polycerate sheep and Dexter cattle skeletons. Analysis of the Dexter skeletons is forming a substantial part of Louisa’s PhD thesis “Offspring of the Aurochs”, which is comparing historical and archaeological evidence for cattle-keeping strategies.

Examples of conference presentations may be viewed on this link http://durham.academia.edu/LouisaGidney

Some duplicate reference skeletons are available for sale, for example:

Please note I am no longer collecting duplicate specimens on the off chance of a sale. However, I am pleased to receive enquiries to source particular species, though game birds are only available from August to February. It is increasingly difficult to source intact game birds in the feather. Game dealers are now obliged to sell them dressed, that is oven ready with extremities removed. I’m trying to streamline the amount of space occupied by my working reference collection so some of these specimens were collected over 20 years ago and cannot be replaced.

Domestic fowl

Female, free range, aged with slight OA, missing one scapula. £40


Male, domestic, congenital deformation of pelvis. £40


Male. £30

Red Grouse £30


Juvenile £20


Attila, Alsation cross, juvenile male. £200


Kitten, infant eyes still closed. £40

Kitten, weaned. £40


Cat kill, some damage £15


Hebridean female Aardskaap Rhodocrosite, Sire Gladstone Disraeli, Dam Aardskaap Onyx. Born  26/4/11, Died 10/12/12. Mandibles, main limb bones and feet only (no skull, pelvis or vertebrae). £120 Rarely get deaths at this stage of tooth wear/eruption

Juvenile sheep, neonatal £30, older lambs with wear on dp4 £50

Adult sheep c. £200 for females, c.£250+ for four horned males


Kid, dlp4 at Grant TWS d.

One only, cannot be replaced


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