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

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, India


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.