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.
Some duplicate reference skeletons are available for sale, for example:
- Woodcock, dressed bird so no wing bones beyond proximal humerus and no tarsometarsi or phalanges. £15
- Domestic Goose, lacking one tarsometatarsal and both carpometacarpals, with associated phalanges. £20 plus P&P
- Pig skull and mandibles, Tamworth. Dlp4 TWS B, M1 TWS A, sty fed. Maxilla has separated from frontal. £10 plus P&P.
- Mandible and major limb bones, including feet, are now available for one side of the body from a selection of Dexter steers of various ages. Unfortunately either/both scapula and pelvis are missing. From £80 + P&P.
- Manx Loaghtan lambs, and some Hebridean, various ages, from £25 neonatal
- Rabbit £25
- Bronze/black turkey, pathology on one wing, £60
- Domestic hen, pathology includes healed broken leg, £35
- Greylag goose £40
- Domestic fowl sternum with osteomalacia £5
- Mallard £30
- Teal, Woodcock, Snipe missing distal wings £15