Finds 1646

Main Information
Finds ID 1646
Site Knossos
Area ID 656 settlement
Research event excavation: research Knossos Throne-Room/South-West Wing/West-Court 1987
Finds type animal remains
Small finds category None
Small finds type
Botany species
Animal remains species cattle (Bos taurus)
pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)
sheep/goat (Ovis/Capra)
Animal remains completeness None
Animal remains part
Lithics technology
Lithics industry
Lithics cores and preparation
Lithics retouched tools
Lithics unretouched tools
Lithics raw material
Obsidian None
Obsidian amount None
Pottery form
Pottery detail
Pottery decoration
Pottery type None
Confidence None
Comment sometimes bite marks on bones (from dogs?), sometimes incisions from disassembling of the animals' meat, sometimes burn marks on the bones; the incisions on the bones indicate a more intensive skinning of the animals in the Final Neolithic than in later periods, and the animals were disassembled into bigger parts; the parts were probably cooked above pits or an open fire. to preserve the animal population, the exchange of breeder animals between households or even villages was necessary; sheep/goats were more suitable for the Neolithic ecosystem; when the woods in the vicinity of Knossos were decimated, cattle husbandry was possible in a bigger amount; in the late Final Neolithic, the cattle husbandry decreased again because of the need to adapt to the ecological circumstances. cows over the age of 5 were held for milk, for breeding or as draft animals
Interpretations related to these Finds
Interpretation ID 82