De-fleshing Giant Catfish
Comparative Fishbone Collection
This results in an extremely high annual
per capita consumption of 65.5 kg of fish, higher than the neighbouring
countries such as
At present the fishbone collection
contains 179 species of fish with up to 7 individuals from each species. This
is only the beginning of the comparative collection that would be needed for a
correct species identification of fish present in archaeological samples.
Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that this collection is extended in the
future. The methodology employed is fairly simple, involving an inventory of
fishes available at local markets or on shore where fishermen dock. Most
species are collected from the
The identification of fishbones usually is carried out by directly comparing the morphology of the bones with the fish skeletons of known species and size in the reference collection. It has to be emphasised that it is often not possible to identify the fish bone material beyond the level of family and only sometimes to genus and occasionally to species.
The results give us proof of the presence and diversity of fish in the past, the ecology and the environment of the site, the nutritional levels, the role of fisheries and the importance of fish, e.g. as burial offering, and even hints concerning trading and exchange.
Fishbone collection in Laboratory