Rethinking the small pig horizon at York Minster (2007)

Author(s): Gerrard J

    Abstract: The small pig horizon within the headquarters building of the legionary fortress of Eboracum (York) is a unique assemblage of early post-Roman animal bones. Originally interpreted as evidence of an impoverished Dark Age community scratching out a living within the ruined fortress, reinterpretation of this deposit suggests that it may be evidence of the economic power of a post-Roman elite conspicuously consuming suckling pig, perhaps in an echo of high-status Roman dietary preferences.

      • Date: 18-07-2007
      • Journal: Oxford Journal of Archaeology
      • Volume: 26
      • Issue: 3
      • Pages: 303-307
      • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: York Minster Roman suckling pig Dark Age


      Dr James Gerrard
      Lecturer in Roman Archaeology