McIntyre Farm - McIntyre Farm – Bones
These bones include wild and domesticated resources: a tooth (middle left) of a very old cow or moose that is worn down to the gum line, the shoulder cut of a pig (middle right), and the lower jaw (lower right) of a deer. Tooth eruption and wear tell us this animal was around 2.5 to 3.5 years old.
Collection: McIntyre Farm
Period: Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
This is the shaft of the right upper foreleg of a pig. In some ways, pigs were easier to raise than sheep or cows, because they'd forage and/or eat kitchen scraps. Unfortunately, we can't tell from the bone whether this pig was raised at the homestead, obtained at market (either whole or butchered), or brought in preserved in barrels. This complicates our interpretation of diet, seasonality, and economy.