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Micromorphology and plant macrofossil analysis of cattle dung from the neolithic lake shore settlement of Arbon-Bleiche 3

Akeret, Örni and Rentzel, Philippe. (2001) Micromorphology and plant macrofossil analysis of cattle dung from the neolithic lake shore settlement of Arbon-Bleiche 3. Geoarchaeology, Vol. 16, no. 6. pp. 687-700.

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Abstract

At the excavation of the Neolithic site of Arbon Bleiche 3, Switzerland (3384-3370 B.C., dated using dendrochronology), objects were found that strongly resembled cow pats. Both micromorphological characteristics and plant macrofossil content confirmed this. Although a detailed micromorphological description was possible, macrofossil analysis turned out to be more difficult than expected because of contamination along fissures. The contents of two of the four coprolites analyzed had conspicuously high amounts of leaves and wood of silver fir (Abies alba). This animal feed may have come in large quantities as a byproduct of house construction. In addition, mistletoe (Viscum album), blackberry (Rubus fruticosus s.l.), and ferns could be identified as animal fodder. Dung - Kuh - Neolithikum - Schweiz - Seeufersiedlung - Samen und Früchte - unverkohlt - Mikromorphologie - Thurgau - Feuchtbodenerhaltung - Tierkot - Paläoethnobotanik - Archäobotanik - Makroreste - Geologie
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Archäobotanik (Jacomet)
UniBasel Contributors:Akeret, Ernst Örni
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:John Wiley
ISSN:0883-6353
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:14 Sep 2012 07:09

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