Identification of faunal remains

Ritually placed animal bone arrangements associated with rock art will be identified and recorded, and small samples will be collected for AMS dating. Faunal remains from excavated occupation sites will also be AMS radiocarbon-dated, usually by association with adjacent charcoal samples. This will enable us to track the history of various types of ritual sites, as well as the fauna that lived in the region in the past.

Identification of species and other characteristics of excavated animal bones will enable the identification of patterns relating animal species eaten or ritually displayed at sites to styles of art or depictions of animals.

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