The Animal Remains found at Kirkstall Abbey

The Animal Remains found at Kirkstall Abbey

Ryder, M. L

Agricultural History Review,Volume 7 part 1 (1959)


The use of archaeology as an approach to the medieval period is fairly recent: where records and ruins existed it was not considered possible to add to our knowledge by excavation. The falseness of this assumption has been amply proved by the yearly excavations at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, led by Dr D. E. Owen when he was director of Leeds City Museums. There are no descriptions of Cistercian farm animals; and a study of the animal remains found at Kirkstall has been particularly illuminating in that it has yielded evidence of long-woolled as well as short-woolled sheep.

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