Reindeer: it’s what was for dinner

From Reindeer: It’s What Was For Dinner.

Reindeer meat went from being an occasional treat to everyday fare among prehistoric cavemen who lived in Southwest France and what is now the Czech Republic, two new studies suggest.

In fact, so many nibbled-on reindeer bones were present in their caves that possible calendars circa 26,000 years ago might have been carved on the leftover bones. They may have also been used as counting devices or for ornamentation.

The first study, authored by J. Tyler Faith, analyzed bones found in limestone cave and rock shelters at a site called Grotte XVI at Dordogne near Bordeaux. The numbers and types of bones revealed plenty — how, for instance, the hunters butchered the meat, how far they traveled to hunt, and details about populations of the animals themselves. [continue]

2 thoughts on “Reindeer: it’s what was for dinner

  1. I can hear the archaeologists singing it now: “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones….”

    On a less facetious note, I wonder if there were any dog teeth marks on the bones? As in a bone for the dog, toss the dog a bone, good boy. I would have shared, even if the dog was half-wild, lurking outside the fire’s light in the shadows.

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