Nine Men’s Morris, a stone now in the Malton Museum
One male skeleton was discovered, not in the graveyard, but just inside one of the
houses, at the level where the floor would have been. Maurice Beresford has suggested
that the man may have been a tramp, crushed when rubble and masonry fell on him.
He would like to give the man the title of the Last Villager.
In addition to human skeletons the remains of many animals, domestic fowl, and fish
have been found at Wharram Percy. Sheep and cows were the main types of livestock.
The remains of pigs have been found, but in low quantities. The fact that bones from
all parts of cattle have been found has been taken to indicate that butchery took
place within the village. As well as providing meat the livestock would have been
used for the production of leather and wool, and selected bones and horns would have
been turned into tools.
Other finds include the remains of oxen and, in large quantity, horses. The bones
of oxen and horses often bear marks characteristic of animals that have been use
to draw heavy loads. Cats and dogs were kept, probably more for their usefulness
than as pets. Dogs would have been working animals, while cats could keep the mice
and rat population under control.
Artefacts from Wharram Percy reveal other aspects of daily life, for example:
Small hinges and keys from chests and caskets show that possessions regarded as valuable
would have been stored securely.
Dress fittings provide information about clothing and the way it was worn.
Hooks, used for hanging clothes and other belongings to the ceiling or wall.
Pottery came from pots and bowls used in food preparation and serving. Pottery found
in two houses were fragments of jugs imported from France and the Mediterranean.
Candle holders, used to provide illumination during the hours of darkness.
Spindle whorls, needles, thimbles, and scissors, used in spinning and sewing.
Items used in making music or playing games, such as bone flutes, dice, and a stone
for Nine Men’s Morris.