Resource exploitation at late neolithic domuztepe: Faunal and botanical evidence

Kansa, Sarah Whitcher, Kennedy, Amanda, Campbell, Stuart and Carter, Elizabeth (2009) Resource exploitation at late neolithic domuztepe: Faunal and botanical evidence. Current Anthropology, 50 6: 897-914. doi:10.1086/605910

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Author Kansa, Sarah Whitcher
Kennedy, Amanda
Campbell, Stuart
Carter, Elizabeth
Title Resource exploitation at late neolithic domuztepe: Faunal and botanical evidence
Journal name Current Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-3204
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/605910
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 50
Issue 6
Start page 897
End page 914
Total pages 18
Place of publication Chicago, IL, United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Language eng
Abstract Domuztepe, in southeastern Turkey, is one of the largest known Late Neolithic sites in the Near East. Ecofactual remains recovered at Domuztepe indicate that the site’s inhabitants relied on a well‐established mixed economy of domestic plants and animals to sustain the settlement’s large population, which may have peaked at more than 1,500 people. Evidence of a long and continuous occupation of this site attests to a successful agropastoral economy, even though Domuztepe was situated at the intersection of uplands, an alluvial plain, and marshy zones, an environment not traditionally considered ideal for agriculture. Integrated faunal and botanical analyses explore the diversity of domestic and wild resources used by the site’s inhabitants. The typical suite of Near Eastern domesticates dominates the excavated assemblage, with sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, and cereals prominent. In addition to a nutritional role, these food products were used for clothing, storage, and construction and had symbolic importance in ritual and prestige. Combined archaeobiological data point to a seasonal cycle of activities.
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