Louisa Gidney is an established freelance specialist in the analysis of faunal remains from archaeological excavations, see list of published reports. While having in-depth background knowledge of Late Pre-Roman Iron Age to Modern assemblages in the North-East of England, assemblages from other parts of Great Britain, Spain and the Canaries have been studied recently.
While Archaeological Services Durham University and Professor Christopher Gerrard remain regular clients, other recent clients include Northern Archaeological Associates, University of Leicester Archaeological Services, Tees Archaeology, Solstice Archaeology, Northern Counties Archaeological Services. Wardell Armstrong have recently added Louisa as an external specialist.
Through the smallholding, detailed in the Livestock page, Louisa has acquired an unrivalled reference collection of polycerate sheep and Dexter cattle skeletons. The latter were integral to Louisa’s PhD thesis Offpring of the aurochs: A comparison of a reference collection of Dexter skeletons with archaeological and historical data, which is available online at
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.
Reference Skeletons Available 2020
I am pleased to receive enquiries to source particular species. I’ve all sorts of specimens both in prep and duplicates that I’ve forgotten about. 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.
Fresh game birds are only available from August to February, though 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.
Female, free range, aged with slight OA, missing one scapula. £40
Males with spurred tarso-metarsi. £40
Male, domestic, congenital deformation of pelvis. £40
Red Grouse £30
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.
Suitable for teaching/handling collections
Sheep, various ages and body parts
Sheep skulls: polled, 4 horn, 2 horn
Goat skull, juvenile
Farmed wild boar split skull & mandible
Red deer male butchered crania, some with mandibles
Excavated post-medieval cow burial, complete but some damage on lifting and decay on terminal phalanges, for example, £100
Excavated horse burial