The metrical attributes of two samples of bovine limb bones


  • *A detailed catalogue of individual measurements and statistical tables has been lodged with the British Museum (Natural History).


The examination of bovine bone samples from prehistoric and medieval settlements may be undertaken for both zoological and archaeological information. Interpretation of samples displaying bi- or trimodalism however, has been hindered by the absence of modern comparative material from animals of known age, sex, breed and plane of nutrition. Two such modern samples have been collected and their metrical attributes described, prior to a consideration of their relevance to the problems encountered in interpreting prehistoric bone samples.