Feeding management strategies among the early Neolithic pigs in the NE of the Iberian Peninsula

Navarrete, V. and Colonese, A. C. and Tornero, C. and Antolín, F. and von Tersch, M. and Subirà, M. E. and Comes, P. and Rosell-Melé, A. and Saña, M.. (2017) Feeding management strategies among the early Neolithic pigs in the NE of the Iberian Peninsula. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 27 (5). pp. 839-852.

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The socio‐economic relevance of domesticated animals during the Early Neolithic in the Iberian Peninsula is indisputable, yet we essentially know little about the way they were managed. Among domesticated animals, pig (Sus domesticus) was a common food source, and previous studies have shown the potential of stable isotopes for assessing variability in pig diet in relation to husbandry practices. Nevertheless, this approach has never been applied to the earliest pigs in the Iberian Peninsula. We analysed the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope composition of pig bone collagen from several Early Neolithic sites in the NE Iberian Peninsula. While pig δ13C values were similar across different populations, there were significant differences in δ15N values between sites. These are attributed to different pig husbandry systems, which may reflect distinct social and spatial organisation and interaction with environmental conditions during the Early Neolithic in this region.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Archäobotanik (Antolin)
UniBasel Contributors:Antolin, Ferran
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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