Animal Bone Metrical Archive Project (ABMAP)

University of Southampton, 2003

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The Animal Bone Metrical Archive (ABMAP) database contains 68010 measurements from 26984 bones of domestic animals from more than 100 archaeological assemblages from excavations in southern Britain. The mammals included are cattle, sheep/goat, sheep, goat, pig, horse and dog and the birds included are domestic fowl and goose. The assemblages are from all periods from Neolithic to modern, with most from the later periods.

The database gives zooarchaeologists and others the opportunity to find data with which to compare their own individual bone or assemblage and to research size change in domestic animals from prehistory to the present day.

The measurements and definitions follow those of Driesch (1976) A Guide to the Measurement of Animal Bones from Archaeological Sites with a few from other sources. The sources for measurements are listed in the Overview.

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Try it out - and if you have found the data useful, please complete the Feedback form. If you have a large database of measurements from an assemblage which could usefully be made more widely available, we may eventually be able to add it to ABMAP. Please contact us if you have data - published or unpublished - which could be added, with a note of the period(s) and number of measured bones.

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