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Mustelid

Weasel Family


Mustelid footprints on brick

Mustelid (probably Stoat M. erminea) footprints on a Roman bessalis or lydion from York. P = pes, M = manus. The triangular area to the upper right is part of a legionary stamp, probably the Sixth Legion, based in York from the early 2cnd century.

Diameter of coin: 20.3mm.

DETAILS
SiteLayerthorpe Bridge, Peasholme Green, York; possible Roman tile kiln.
SubstrateClay
Age of substrate2cnd to 3rd century AD
Gaitunclear
IdentificationWide-spread toes, claws merging with toe pads, crescent-shaped heel pad.
Held by? Excavated by MAP Archaeological Consultancy Ltd but now untraceable.

Mustelid footprints on brick

The size range here is too large for stoat (Mustela nivalis) and may be ferret or polecat (M. furo/putorius).

DETAILS
SiteHumberside Area
SubstrateClay
Age of substrateNineteenth Century
Gaitunclear
IdentificationWide-spread toes, claws merging with toe pads, crescent-shaped heel pad.
Held byHumberside Archaeological Trust