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The Kheshiya Cattle Skull Ring: Zooarchaeological Analyses

Martin, L; Roe, J; (2020) The Kheshiya Cattle Skull Ring: Zooarchaeological Analyses. In: McCorriston, J and Harrower, MJ, (eds.) Landscape History of Hadramawt: The Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia (RASA) Project 1998-2008. (pp. 275-347). UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press: Los Angeles, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

on December 31, 2005, Louise Martin, Lisa Usman, and Joy McCorriston settled on a hard floor in a sparse hotel in Mukalla to watch Pakistan ring in the New Year a few hours to the east. Toddler Jojo slept a cherubic sleep propped up by all the available pillows, having exhausted all episodes of Balamory. During the day, Louise and Lisa unwrapped 6,000-year-old cattle skulls and cleaned them for photographs, measurements, and curation. To say the conservation lab was improvised would overly gloss a battered room with rigged lighting and peeling floors. But the onshore breeze fills the Mukalla Museum, there’s a five-star overlook of the brilliant sea, and you could get a rock lobster dinner for two dollars in those days. ʿAbdalʿazīz Bin ʿAqīl left us only for the morning of Eid al-Fitr, working through his holiday and the final Ramadan vigil. He and Joy kept Jojo busy so that his mother, Louise, could measure the frontal bones and wear patterns on cattle molars. This chapter is the outcome of her analysis, sup- ported by Lisa’s clever conservation solutions and Joe Roe’s statistical skills in the comparison with East African cattle.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Kheshiya Cattle Skull Ring: Zooarchaeological Analyses
ISBN-13: 9781950446124
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
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Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106173
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