This post is just a little run down of the most useful bone to the Early Medieval bone worker – the cannon bone, specifically those from cows.
What is a cannon bone?
A cow cannon bone
As hoofed animals essentially walk on their finger/toe tips, the long bones in their feet have fused together to form a third long bone below the wrist/ankle. This third long bone is the cannon bone (or metapodial).
Why are they useful?
The principle reason for their usefulness comes from the fact that they are straight and broad, quite thick walled and allow for a range of items to be made from a single bone. Additionally, because they are not a particularly meaty bone, they were not usually cooked in the Early Medieval and were discarded as waste.
As a result a bone worker could have an almost unlimited supply of cow metapodia if they were close…
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