Title: Les rythmes saisonniers de l'élevage porcin sur deux sites archéologiques : le tell chalcolithique de Bordusani Popina (Roumanie) et le village gaulois de Levroux Les Arènes (France)
Authors: Frémondeau, Delphine
Balasescu, Adrian
Tresset, Anne
Horard-Herbin, Marie-Pierre
Ughetto-Monfrin, Joël
Popovici, Dragomir
Balasse, Marie
Issue Date: 2012
Conference: Making Meat: Practices and representations, IEHCA Conference location:Tours (France) date:29 November - 1 December 2012
Abstract: Since its domestication, pig played an important role in human diet, providing meat and fat. The study of pig husbandry strategies informs on the modalities of pork production and supply, and the place of pork relative to other meats.
By combining a fine interpretation of mortality profiles with stable isotope analysis (18O, 13C and 15N of tooth and bone samples) and the study of linear enamel hypoplasia, we investigate more precisely some of the zootechnical parameters of pig husbandry.
The conjunction of these three methodologies gives information on:
- seasonality of pig birth and slaughtering, documenting the regularity of pork supply;
- pig’s diet at a seasonal scale;
- physiological stress potentially underwent by the pigs.
These issues will be addressed specifically on two archaeological assemblages: Popina Borduşani, a settlement on the Danube river in Romania dated to the late Chalcolithic (second half of the 5th mil. B.C.); and Levroux Les Arènes (Indre, France), a settlement of craftmen inhabited during the second Iron Age. On both sites, previous studies of the zooarchaeological assemblages revealed a predominant role of pigs in the subsistence strategy.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section

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