A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Can you solve the mystery of an animal burial in Florida?
In the summer of 2007, Carl D. Halbirt, St. Augustine City Archaeologist, was conducting an excavation in response to the construction of a retaining wall to alleviate sedimentation along the foundation of a house on Old Quarry Road. He uncovered in the backyard of the house, buried in a grave, the skeleton of a 17th-century donkey that had all four of its legs skillfully disarticulated at the joints.
Donkey skeleton in situ (Rollover image to identify bones.)
Here are the facts:
Donkey cranium; note depression on top
Cut marks on femur