Küchelmann, Hans Christian (2014): Frühneuzeitliche Tierknochen aus dem Bremer Stadtgraben, Grabung 253-Altstadt 2011 • Am Wall, Bericht für die Landesarchäologie Bremen, Bremen
[Early Modern Animal Bones out of the Defence Ditch of Bremen, site 253-Altstadt 2011, Am Wall]
report submitted to the Landesarchäologie Bremen
Sewer works in the area of the late medieval defense ditch of the city of Bremen, between the medieval gates Abbentor and Doventor, offered the possibility to investigate the archaeologically rich content of the ditch, which has been filled in the 16th century. Time pressure because of the works on a main road resulted in only superficial archaeological documentation, but the content of the eastern part of the sewer channel, dating to the 16th century has been sieved completely with a 10 mm mesh. The sieved earth comprised ca. 120-200 cubic meters (20 lorry loads, ca. 250-300 t). Apart of a large number of daily life items from metal, ceramic and glass, it contained almost 46.000 animal bones and shells (631 kg), among these next to the expected domesticates (cattle, pig, sheep, goat, dog, cat) several thousands of bird and fish bones,inter alia evidence for stockfish trade. The report contains the results of the archaeozoological analysis.