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Reference collections in the Musée Zoologique

Reference collections in the Musée Zoologique

Jessica sampling in Antea Archaeology headquarters

Jessica sampling in Antea Archaeology headquarters

In April, TOTL headed back to Strasbourg for another round of sampling in the Rhineland project. The pottery seriation and Bayesian models for the Alsace LBK are matching up extremely well, but some gaps still need to be filled in the various phases. Project RA Jessica Smyth, with help from Anthony Denaire (Antea Archaeology) and Rose-Marie Arbogast (Musée Zoologique), thus spent a few days hunting down more samples of articulating human and animal bone from LBK closed contexts. Samples bridging the very end of the LBK (Rúbané V) and the Middle Neolithic (Hinkelstein and Grossgartach I) continue to elude us unfortunately, and it now looks like we will have to extend the search into the Neckar Valley, or possibly even Bavaria – but that’s for another trip!