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Ring depressions in cattle horncores as indicators of traction use - a cautionary note

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posted on 2019-04-05, 08:57 authored by R Thomas, N Sykes, S Doherty, D Smith
In this short communication we call attention to the discovery of a ring depression (a circumferential constriction) in the horncore of a feral bull. This discovery casts doubt on the attribution of similar lesions in archaeological deposits as conclusive evidence of 'cord impressions' resulting from yoking or reining cattle for traction. Drawing upon evidence of horncore depressions in other species, we suggest that they reflect metabolic problems following horn development; additional research is required to test this hypothesis.

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College of Arts and Law and the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham who kindly funded the field work at Chillingham

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Citation

Int J Paleopathol, 2018, 22, pp. 140-142

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Archaeology and Ancient History/Core Staff

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Int J Paleopathol

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Elsevier for Paleopathology Association

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1879-9825

Acceptance date

2018-07-18

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2018

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2019-08-07

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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879981718300123?via=ihub

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