Faunal Remains from Shikarpur, a Harappan Site in Gujarat, India

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, India

Abstract

This paper deals with the preliminary observations of the analysis conducted on the faunal remains unearthed at the
site of Shikarpur. A single trench ES4 was selected as a research sample from the excavation conducted by the
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History; M.S. University of Baroda, Gujarat State, India in 2007-08. A
total of 6250 skeletal fragments were analysed of which only 3219 (51.50%) could be identified. All the skeletal
elements were carefully observed for signatures of bone modifications done by natural as well as human agencies.
The analysis revealed a large number of animal species including domestic mammals, wild mammals, reptiles,
birds and molluscs. In addition, a few skeletal fragments of fish and crab were also recovered.

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