Interpretation about Breakage Patterns and Cut Marks
There are several questions that can be answered about past cultures when examining shell and faunal remains in context. At hand, and in our analysis group, several cut marks have been identified on bone in addition to some breakage patterns of shell. This may present a curious case of purpose exhibited from the remains, telling us that food preparation and cooking has occurred here. If this is the case then it can be assumed that this rock shelter was a home to our great ancestors.
In addition cultural implications such as favored meals, resource abundance or depression (meaning more or less food availability found within the trenches), as well as the season can eventually be determined- specifically from the shell found. Perhaps exhibiting the purpose behind the culture of the rock shelter, as well as the specific time when it was inhabited. The cut marks on the bones are identified as mammalian long bones (legs or arms of the animal, wherein the easiest accessible amount of meat stretches), there is as well as a pattern of breakage on gastropod shells (snail like shells). These patterns of breakage imply the use of tools, the difference between breakage patterns can be assumed to illustrate the use of different sizes of tools. Larger cuts versus smaller cuts are in correlation to larger tools versus smaller bones, in addition to larger shell breakage compared to minimal breakage. One of the master students I worked with on day 22 in analysis noticed several patterns, kindly enough he showed me his findings, which we presume to be the evidence provided.
Inasmuch, recent findings provide stone adze and artifacts which support the idea that tools were used to cut the meat off these mammal’s bones, as well as to break a shell open to grab the meat. [HGVV]