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Bird remains from Gough's Cave, Cheddar, Somerset (UBSS Proceedings v.17(3))

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Harrison,C.J.O., 1986. Bird remains from Gough's Cave, Cheddar, Somerset. UBSS Proceedings, 17(3) , pp 305-310 Download PDF.

Abstract: Re-examination of the surviving bird remains from the 1927-1931 excavations at Gough's Cave confirms the presence of 11 forms, 6 of which can be reliably attributed to the main Lateglacial phase of human occupation. Remains of Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus and Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus show direct evidence of human modification. The environmental and potential cultural significance of each species is examined and discussed where appropriate to the wider interpretation of the site.

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