[MARMAM] New catalogs of European whale bone monuments - re cetacean osteology, etc.

Klaus Barthelmess barthval at t-online.de
Sat Nov 6 10:35:10 PDT 2010

Dear MARMAMers,

Those of you interested in osteology, osteometrics, articulated skeletons,
fossil large-whale remains in museum collections, and a host of other
aspects regarding the bones of large whales, will be intrigued by the
cataloguing work by Nick Redman from England.

For in 2004, Redman started publishing the results of his unrelentless and
painstaking research conducted since the early 1980s on the functional and
decorative uses of the bones of large whales all around the world.

In practise, this research has meant that he went in person to every
location, where sources or rumor reported a whale bone monument - a very
time-consuming and costly undertaking!

After his pioneering books on whale bone monuments in the British Isles
(2004, 414 pp), in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic & Switzerland (2009,
205 pp), 
(see the online reviews at:
http://www.cetacea.de/artikel/review/2004/redman.php) ...

he just published

Whales¹ bones of the Netherlands & Belgium. Teddington: Redman Publishing,
2010. xx + 161 pp.


Whales¹ bones of the British Isles, supplement 2004-2010. Teddington: Redman
Publishing, 2010. vi + 53 pp.

Some statistics may give you an idea of the scope and depth of the project
as it now is in print:

In total, on more than 800 pages, over 1,500 large-whale bone monuments and
displays in almost 1,000 locations are meticulously described.

Many of them are documented visually, amounting to several hundred

Over 2,100 written sources are listed in the bibliographies.

In addition, several hundred local people were interviewed concerning the
wherefroms of existing bones and the whereabouts of dislocated or lost ones.

Each volume contains up to almost 40 indices of useful sub-categories, such
as mounted skeletons, bone remains originating from stranded whales (the
oldest ones from the 13th century), shoulder blades as inn signs, jawbone
arches, cattle rubbing posts, whale bones in building structures (rafters,
supports, bridges, well posts, fences, stepping stones, etc.) and furniture,
whale bones at town halls, castles, forts, churches, monasteries, and
cemetaries, in museums, zoos, entertainment parks, commercial exhibitions of
skeletons, whale bone monuments in lore, legend, literature, song, toponymy,
in the visual arts; and in many other categories.

In the hardbound volumes there are maps showing every location of a whale
bone monument.

The author's care thus makes the volumes extremely reader-friendly reference
works, superbly printed and durably bound into the bargain.

The first four published volumes form a breathtakingly comprehensive
catalogue of a very unique manifestation of humankind's perennial
fascination with the great whales.

All the hardbound volumes are avaiable for 30 Pounds Sterling each, plus
shipping, the softcover supplement is 10 Pounds plus shipping, and all can
be ordered directly from the author

nick.redman at hotmail.com

or through his website


And Redman's quest continues. In preparation are volumes on the whale bone
monuments of the Nordic countries, of the Romance countries, the Slavic
countries including Western Russia and the Baltic states, and the Middle
East countries. Australia's, New Zealand's and Japan's whale bones have been
hunted down by him, and forthcoming on the agenda are the Americas and the
other Asian countries.

Which means that MARMAM readers - especially from the last-named areas - are
cordially invited to report whale bone monuments to Nick Redman through his
website, see above; they will be given proper credit in his meticulous

Buy, and enjoy, a unique, multi-volume catalogue!


Klaus Barthelmesss
Cologne, Germany
barthval at t-online.de

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