Alpine cattle management during the Bronze Age at Ramosch- Mottata, Switzerland

Reitmaier, Thomas and Doppler, Thomas and Pike, Alistair W. G. and Deschler-Erb, Sabine and Hajdas, Irka and Walser, Christoph and Gerling, Claudia. (2018) Alpine cattle management during the Bronze Age at Ramosch- Mottata, Switzerland. Quaternary International, 484. pp. 19-31.

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Based on a series of new radiocarbon dates we examine the vertical mobility of cattle in the Alps by means of strontium isotope analysis on samples from the prehistoric settlement of Ramosch-Mottata (Canton of Grisons, Switzerland). By identifying variations in the strontium isotope ratios of highcrowned cattle molars, we investigate the seasonal use of alpine pastures (vertical transhumance) and changes in cattle husbandry practices between the early and later stages of the site's occupation. Combined with the evidence of multiple high-altitude sites, indications of dairying and ethnoarcheological observations, we see an economic shift and a reorganization of domestic animal exploitation from the early to the late Bronze/early Iron Age in the Alps.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
UniBasel Contributors:Gerling, Claudia and Doppler, Thomas and Deschler-Erb, Sabine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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