Taphonomy and Taxonomy osteological reference collection
The reference collections of taphonomy and taxonomy are currently under development. The aim is to have a complete osteological collection organised by anatomical elements, putting special interest on the main domesticated animals (sheep, goat, cattle, pig, dog, horse, donkey, rabbit, fowl…) of different ages (young, juvenile and adult), birds, amphibians, fishes and shells. Regarding the taphonomic alterations, the collection consists of digested bones, bones altered by weathering, by roots, and bones gnawed by carnivores, omnivores (pig) and rodents. Some of these bones come from present-day experiments where the action of the taphonomic agents (e.g. carnivores and pigs) were monitored and recorded.