Rodents eaten by Neolithic Orcadians, research suggests
A new study has suggested that the Neolithic people of Orkney ate rodents as part of their diets. Researchers came to the conclusion after examining bones found at Skara Brae. The authors of the study believe that burnt vole bones suggest they were roasted before being eaten.
|Charred vole mandible and partially burnt atlas vertebra from the Neolithic site |
of Skara Brae in Scotland [Credit: Jeremy Herman]
|A dwelling at the Neolithic site of Skara Brae in Scotland |
[Credit: Jeremy Herman]
The accumulation and nature of burnt bones, incorporated over an extended period within deposits of household waste, indicated that rodents were used as a nutritional resource and may have been the subject of early pest control.
|The researchers found far more voles in the Skara Brae site than in normal human habitations, |
which means something must have led them there [Credit: Jeremy Herman]
The research has been published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
Source: BBC News Website [October 19, 2016]