Six shells of the British Native Oyster or European Flat Oyster (Ostrea edulis Linnaeus) as they were found on the wet sand of Rhossili beach in Gower – both sides shown. They demonstrate how variable the shells of this species can be and how the the effect of the marine environment in which they developed is recorded in the structure of the shell – a fact which is potentially of enormous value in making interpretations from archaeological oyster shells regarding the origins and way this marine resource was exploited.
For more about Flat Oyster shells click Oyster Variations.
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