Hodgson, G. W I. (1968). A comparative account of the animal remains from Corstopitum and the Iron Age site of Catcote near Hartlepool, County Durham. Archaeologia Aeliana Series 4. Vol 46, pp. 127-162. https://doi.org/10.5284/1060489. Cite this via datacite

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A comparative account of the animal remains from Corstopitum and the Iron Age site of Catcote near Hartlepool, County Durham
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Archaeologia Aeliana Series 4
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46
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127 - 162
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The object of the comparison is to understand the economy of the two sites. Part 1 summarises the relative numbers of species and their ages at death. Corstopitum bones include data collected earlier. The sheep were similiar to the Soay type, slaughtered in their second year. The cattle were Bos longifrons and the pigs a long-legged domestic type, the horses about 14½ hands maximum height. In order of abundance, the species were ox, sheep, pig, horse, red deer at both sites (cf Woodcutts). Part 2 examines the relative numbers as a guide to the economy. Although comparison is not exact because of incomplete excavation and different assessing methods, tables are given of relative frequencies of food species from sixty ancient sites, Mesolithic to medieval. The ages at slaughter of Catcote and Corstopitum sheep are tabulated and histograms of bone size-ranges provided. Size-diversity of ancient cattle in general is discussed and a "neolithic ox" postulated, intermediate between the aurochs and the "Celtic ox" which gave place after Roman times to larger and variant forms. B W
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G W I Hodgson
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1968
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30 May 2019