Bones and teeth

We lay out the bones on special charts, in anatomical order, to check which bones are preserved and so that we can make a photographic record.  These are the bones from the burial in micro-excavation 2.  We also find many developing teeth, which we lay out on charts in a similar way.  They are present inside the jaws of even very small children and, with careful excavation, they can be recovered.

With similar care, it is also possible for us to recover the very tiny bones of the middle ear which are present fully formed even in the ears of tiny babies.  In spite of their small size, they are made of dense bone and survive well on the Kylindra site.

Some bones and teeth require conservation work.  All are cleaned and catalogued, and then recorded and finally stored.