Scientific and interpretive components in social zooarchaeology.. The case of early farming communities in Kujavia

Autores: Arkadiusz Marciniak

Publicación: Archaeologia Polona, ISBN 0066-5924, Nº 39, 2001, pags. 87-110

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The objective of the paper is to recognize the social and cultural dimension of relations between humans and animals, food acquisition and consumption as well as refuse disposal practives of early farmers from Kujavia by contextual analysus of animal bone assemblages. The advocated research procedure consists of taphonomic analysus along with evaluation of density driven attrition and interpretation of horizontal distribution of faunal remains in relation to other categories of archaeological data. More particulary, the distribution of anatomical parts of particular species is carefully examined. Animals in the early Neolithic were used for creation of a group´s identity and descent. Their eating was highly standardized and had a character of communal feasting as well as ordinary consumption. Animal remains were deposited in a differentiated and standardized way across settlments.