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This comes from a late medieval or early post-medieval pit on an urban site in the south midlands; the 'scale bar' is 5 cms; the print looks like a caprid to me.
any thoughts, please?
Hi Gwyl - bares some resemblance to a print of a small fawn, perhaps mutjac? Anyway, very interesting! Have a look at this http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-2490315/...s-not.html. I'm not familiar with the BAJR rules regarding copyright and posting pictures, so I've provided the link instead. The image is "Footprints of European hoofed animals" (sp).
Looks sheep or goat-though goat may be more logical if it has decided to climb all over air drying roof tiles!
Certainly sheepy-goaty thing, have seen enough of those footprints in my time! Not ssen one in a tile before though-how bizarre! Am also interested by the impressions on the edge of the tile (the left edge as you view the image).......:face-approve:
I remember a suggestion once that there was a Roman tile (London?? Colchester??) with the impression of a bear footprint. As we seem to have a few CBMers scanning this thread, can I ask if that was ever proven? Very interesting footprint....
troll Wrote:Certainly sheepy-goaty thing, have seen enough of those footprints in my time! Not ssen one in a tile before though-how bizarre! Am also interested by the impressions on the edge of the tile (the left edge as you view the image).......:face-approve:

i think you have the edge of a second print, which hasn't gone as deeply into the clay as the most obvious of the two.

i have a ceramic pigeon's foot, you know...
Looks like a sheep/goat print to me, nice deep impression.

Are you able to measure the indents using calipers? I'm due to process some sheep p3 bones in mid-March and could compare the sizes if you are interested?
Bones Wrote:Looks like a sheep/goat print to me, nice deep impression.

Are you able to measure the indents using calipers? I'm due to process some sheep p3 bones in mid-March and could compare the sizes if you are interested?
i'll dig out some calipers and give it a go...
Looks Sheep/goat to me.
Animal foot prints in tiles are really difficult to pin down exactly. The close similarity of sheep/goat to animals such as Roe deer make it a little ambiguous.
If you go down the measurement route, just remember to take into account clay shrinkage and stock size variabilitySmile.
Looks like a sheep/goat/small deer I would say.
I do know I'd have marked the site code and context number of the tile on the other side though!:face-stir:

Not heard of the bear, but I remember a colleague telling me of a Roman tile he found with the prints of a cat, and a dog, both running in the same direction across it, conjured up all kinds of Tom and Jerry style capers in a tile manufactory. Completely unrelated but I also remember reading an academic paper where archaeologists had tried to extrapolate the size of horses based on the diameter of their copralites....ahem...personally I'd have thought their bones would have been a better bet.
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