Een menselijk skelet op de terp van Hizzard: een toevalsvondst

Paula Kalkman & Annet Nieuwhof

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    Paleo-aktueel 27 | 2016
    2016. 144 blz. Paperback. €19,95
    ISBN 9789491431968
    Met de jaarlijkse uitgave van Paleo-aktueel geven de medewerkers van het Groninger Instituut voor Archeologie (GIA) inzicht in een deel van het onderzoek van het instituut.


Summary: A human skeleton from the terp of Hizzard, province of Friesland: a surprise find

In 2013, a box containing archaeological objects (wood, human and animal bones, and potsherds) from the terp Hizzard was donated to the GIA. Analysis of the values of 14C, 13C and 15N in the human bones showed that the individual was a native of the terp region, and lived in the first half of the 2nd century BC. As far as osteological analysis can indicate, this seems to have been a relatively healthy male, between 30 and 50 years old. Most interesting is the presence of gnaw-marks on the bones, probably made by dogs: this might be the result of an excarnation process involving scavengers, as is thought to have been common in the terp area during this period.