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Pigs and Humans : 10,000 Years of Interaction - Umberto Albarella

Pigs and Humans

10,000 Years of Interaction

By: Umberto Albarella (Editor), Keith Dobney (Editor), Anton Ervynck (Editor), Peter Rowley-Conwy (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2008
ISBN: 9780199207046
Number Of Pages: 454

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Pigs are one of the most iconic but also paradoxical animals ever to have developed a relationship with humans. This relationship has been a long and varied one: from noble wild beast of the forest to mass produced farmyard animal; from a symbol of status and plenty to a widespread religious food taboo; from revered religious totem to a parodied symbol of filth and debauchery.
Pigs and Humans brings together some of the key scholars whose research is highlighting the role wild and domestic pigs have played in human societies around the world over the last 10,000 years. The 22 contributors cover a broad and diverse range of temporal, geographical, and topical themes, grounded within the disciplines of archaeology, zoology, anthropology, and biology, as well as art history and history. They explore such areas as evolution and taxonomy, domestication and husbandry, ethnography, and ritual and art, and present some of the latest theories and methodological techniques. The volume as a whole is generously illustrated and will enhance our understanding of many of the issues regarding our complex and ever changing relationship with the pig.

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...a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account zoology, palaeontology, genetics, ethnography and archaeology, and researchers with these different approaches have contributed to the many authoritative chapters in this book. It has been well editied, has excellent illustrations and will be of interest and use to readers in many different disciplines. * Juliet Clutton-Brock Times Literary Supplement *
[an] important contribution to the repertoire of zooarchaeological studies * Philip J. Piper Antiquity *

Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck & Peter Rowley-Conwy: Introduction I. Evolution and Taxonomy 1: Colin Groves: Current views on taxonomy and zoogeography of the genus Sus 2: Greger Larson, Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney & Peter Rowley-Conwy: Current views on Sus phylogeography and pig domestication as seen through modern mtDNA studies 3: Leif Andersson: The molecular basis for phenotypic changes during pig domestication II. The History of Pig Domestication and Husbandry 4: Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck, Umberto Albarella & Peter Rowley-Conwy: The transition from wild boar to domestic pig in Eurasia, illustrated by a tooth development defect and biometrical data 5: Caroline Grigson: Culture, ecology and pigs from the 5th to the 3rd millennium BC around the Fertile Crescent 6: Hitomi Hongo, Tomoko Anezaki, Kyomi Yamazaki, Osamu Takahashi & Hiroki Sugawara: Hunting or management? The status of Sus in the Jomon Period, Japan 7: Peter Rowley-Conwy & Keith Dobney: Wild boar and domestic pigs in Mesolithic and Neolithic southern Scandinavia 8: Marco Masseti: The economic role of Sus in early human fishing communities 9: Anton Ervynck, An Lentacker, Gundula Muldner, Mike Richards & Keith Dobney: An investigation into the transition from forest dwelling pigs to farm animals in medieval Flanders, Belgium III. Methodological Applications 10: Richard Carter & Ola Magnell: Age estimation of wild boar based on molariform mandibular tooth development and its application to seasonality at the Mesolithic site of Ringkloster, Denmark 11: Annat Haber: A statistical method for dealing with isolated teeth: ageing pig teeth from Hagoshrim, Israel 12: Goggy Davidowitz & Liora Kolska Horwitz: Inter-population variation in recent wild boar from Israel 13: Tom Wilkie, Ingrid Mainland, Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney & Peter Rowley-Conwy: A dental microwear study of pig diet and management in Iron Age, Romano-British, Anglo-Scandinavian and medieval contexts in England 14: Horst Kierdorf & Uwe Kierdorf: The histopathology of fluorotic dental enamel in wild boar and domestic pigs 15: Sofie Vanpoucke, Bea De Cupere & Marc Waelkens: Economic and ecological reconstruction at the Classical site of Sagalassos, Turkey, using pigs' teeth IV. Ethnographic Studies 16: Umberto Albarella, Filippo Manconi, Jean-Denis Vigne & Peter Rowley-Conwy: Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica 17: Jacqueline Studer & Daniel Pillonel: Traditional pig butchery by the Yali people of West Papua (Irian Jaya): an ethnographic and archaeozoological example 18: Paul Sillitoe: Pigs in the New Guinea Highlands: an ethnographic example V. Pigs in Ritual and Art 19: Anne-Sophie Dalix & Emmanuelle Vila: Wild boar hunting in the Eastern Mediterranean from the 2nd to the 1st millennium BC 20: Sarah Phillips: The pig in medieval iconography

ISBN: 9780199207046
ISBN-10: 0199207046
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 454
Published: 1st January 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.56  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.97

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