University of Bristol Spelæological Society

A Pierced reindeer phalanx from Banwell Bone Cave and some experimental work on phalangeal whistles (UBSS Proceedings v.15(1))

Proceedings » Volume 15 » Sub-volume 1

Harrison,R.A., 1979. A Pierced reindeer phalanx from Banwell Bone Cave and some experimental work on phalangeal whistles. UBSS Proceedings, 15(1) , pp 7-22 Download PDF.

Abstract: This paper describes a pierced reindeer phalanx which was found in Banwell Cave and contains an account of the practical and experimental work undertaken in an attempt to ascertain whether or not this bone is an artefact. This work includes a study of the gross structure of a series of Pleistocene reindeer phalanges, the demonstration experimentally of a mechanism by which some of these objects could have been formed 'naturally', the manufacture of whistles from modern reindeer phalanges and the determination of their effective range and their frequencies. Besides showing that the pierced phalanx from Banwell is not an artefact, the results provide guide lines for the study of other pierced phalanges, using as examples specimens from Upper Palaeolithic sites in France. The experimental work also produced circumstantial evidence to support and to extend ideas put forward by other workers on the development and use of whistles in Upper Palaeolithic times.

Search options

Browse Proceedings or Search Proceedings

Upcoming Events

2nd Feb 2019:
Rescue Training Weekend (Mendips)

16th Feb 2019:
South Wales (Re-Freshers) Weekend

1st Mar 2019:
Yorkshire Weekend

9th Mar 2019:
AGM and Annual Dinner

23rd Mar 2019:
Derbyshire Weekend

View all events

All material on this site is © The University of Bristol Spelaeological Society. Webmasters should feel free to link to any part of this site; however before any re-use of material from this site in any other published form, electronic or printed, permission must be granted by the Society. We aim to allow reasonable re-use, however, we do not have sole rights ourselves for everything here. For all enquiries please contact the editor
WAI-AA (Accessibility notes) | Copyright © | © UBSS 1919 - 2018