Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction

Hardcover | December 6, 2007

EditorUmberto Albarella, Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck

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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 religiousfood 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 methodologicaltechniques. 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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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 religiousfood taboo; from revered religious totem to a...

Umberto Albarella is Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Keith Dobney is Wellcome Trust Bioarchaeology Fellow at the University of Durham. Anton Ervynck is Fellow of the Institute for the Archaeological Heritage of the Flemish Community in Brussels. Peter Rowley-Conwy is Reader in Environmental Archaeology a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck and Peter Rowley-Conwy: IntroductionI. Evolution and Taxonomy1. Colin Groves: Current views on taxonomy and zoogeography of the genus Sus2. Greger Larson, Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney and Peter Rowley-Conwy: Current views on Sus phylogeography and pig domestication as seen through modern mtDNA studies3. Leif Andersson: The molecular basis for phenotypic changes during pig domesticationII. The History of Pig Domestication and Husbandry4. Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck, Umberto Albarella and Peter Rowley-Conwy: The transition from wild boar to domestic pig in Eurasia, illustrated by a tooth development defect and biometrical data5. Caroline Grigson: Culture, ecology and pigs from the 5th to the 3rd millennium BC around the Fertile Crescent6. Hitomi Hongo, Tomoko Anezaki, Kyomi Yamazaki, Osamu Takahashi and Hiroki Sugawara: Hunting or management? The status of Sus in the Jomon Period, Japan7. Peter Rowley-Conwy and Keith Dobney: Wild boar and domestic pigs in Mesolithic and Neolithic southern Scandinavia8. Marco Masseti: The economic role of Sus in early human fishing communities9. Anton Ervynck, An Lentacker, Gundula Muldner, Mike Richards and Keith Dobney: An investigation into the transition from forest dwelling pigs to farm animals in medieval Flanders, BelgiumIII. Methodological Applications10. Richard Carter and Ola Magnell: Age estimation of wild boar based on molariform mandibular tooth development and its application to seasonality at the Mesolithic site of Ringkloster, Denmark11. Annat Haber: A statistical method for dealing with isolated teeth: ageing pig teeth from Hagoshrim, Israel12. Goggy Davidowitz and Liora Kolska Horwitz: Inter-population variation in recent wild boar from Israel13. Tom Wilkie, Ingrid Mainland, Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney and Peter Rowley-Conwy: A dental microwear study of pig diet and management in Iron Age, Romano-British, Anglo-Scandinavian and medieval contexts in England14. Horst Kierdorf and Uwe Kierdorf: The histopathology of fluorotic dental enamel in wild boar and domestic pigs15. Sofie Vanpoucke, Bea De Cupere and Marc Waelkens: Economic and ecological reconstruction at the Classical site of Sagalassos, Turkey, using pigs' teethIV. Ethnographic Studies16. Umberto Albarella, Filippo Manconi, Jean-Denis Vigne and Peter Rowley-Conwy: Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica17. Jacqueline Studer and Daniel Pillonel: Traditional pig butchery by the Yali people of West Papua (Irian Jaya): an ethnographic and archaeozoological example18. Paul Sillitoe: Pigs in the New Guinea Highlands: an ethnographic exampleV. Pigs in Ritual and Art19. Anne-Sophie Dalix and Emmanuelle Vila: Wild boar hunting in the Eastern Mediterranean from the 2nd to the 1st millennium BC20. Sarah Phillips: The pig in medieval iconography