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Fauna and fulachta fiadh: animal bones from burnt mounds on the N9/N10 Carlow Bypass

In the recent past it has often been reported that animal bones are not found in the excavation of burnt mounds/fulachta fiadh. Explanations for this lack of faunal remains have ranged from acid soil (Hedges 1974–5, 42) to scavenging animals (O’Kelly 1954, 141) or to specific functions of these sites that would not have resulted in animal bone waste (Barfield & Hodder 1987, 371). But the stated…