The sheep of London

Part of the zooarchaeological work on the FeedSax project involves an analysis of sheep pathologies. To place these in a wider context and better understand the underlying causes of pathological changes to teeth and bones in sheep, it was necessary to obtain baseline data from animals of known life histories. Collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology at University College, London, has allowed just such a collection of sheep to be studied. These skeletons came from a small flock kept at the Flag Fen visitor attraction. We are very grateful to Sandra Bond and Louise Martin for arranging access, and to Gillian Hawkes who obtained and prepared the skeletons originally.

A selection of bones from one of the Flag Fen Soay sheep in the UCL collection

Dr Matilda Holmes

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