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Cattle and People

Edited by Elizabeth Wright and Catarina Ginja


This volumes  originates in a conference session that took place at the 2018 International Council of Archaeozoology conference in Ankara, Turkey, entitled“ Humans and Cattle: Interdisciplinary Perspectives to an Ancient Relationship.” The aim of the session was to bring together zooarchaeologists and their colleagues from various other research fields working on human cattle interactions over time. The contributions in this volume reflect well the breadth of work being undertaken on the ancient relationship between humans and cattle across the continents of Europe, Africa and Asia, and from the late Pleistocene to postmedieval period. Almost all involve the study of archaeological cattle remains and use different zooarchaeological methods, but the combination of these approaches with that of ethnography, isotopes and genetics is also featured. 


Podcast interview with one of the editors on Knowing Animals



"this is an interesting book that opens a new perspective of the role of cattle in human society."—Johannes A. Lenstra, Utrecht University, in Animal Genetics 54 (2023): 664

Cattle and People

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    Archaeobiology vol. 4

    8.5 x 11 inches

    xviii + 336 pages

    978-1-948488-73-0 (hardcover)

    978-1-948488-74-7 (PDF)

    June 2022

  • Table of Contents

    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    Supplementary Material
    Editor Biographies
    List of Contributors


    Section 1:  Prehistoric Human-Ca!le Interactions: Aurochs Hunting and Early Husbandry


    1. The Aurochs in the European Pleistocene and Early Holocene: Origins, Evidence and Body Size Elizabeth Wright

    2. The Cattle of Ludwinowo 7: Death, Dinner, and Deposition in the Linearbandkeramik Culture Emily V. Johnson, Rosalind E. Gillis, Joanna Pyzel, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Alan K. Outram

    3. Origin and Diffusion of Cattle Herding in Northeastern Africa Joséphine Lesur

    4. A Potential Early Cattle-Based Faunal Economy from the Indus Valley Civilization: Evidence from the Harappan Settlement of Bhirrana in Northern India Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee, Pankaj Goyal


    Section 2: Historical Improvement and Intensification


    5. On the Improvement of Cattle (Bos taurus) in the Cities of Roman Lusitania: Some Preliminary Results Cleia Detry, Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas, Simon J. M. Davis, Ana Elisabete Pires, Catarina Ginja

    6. Change and Regionalism in British Cattle Husbandry in the Iron Age and Roman Period: An Osteometric Approach Colin Duval, Umberto Albarella

    7. Cattle Husbandry in Late- and Postmedieval England: A Zooarchaeological Investigation of the Relationship between Town and Country Tamsyn Fraser, Idoia Grau-Sologestoa

    8. An Archaeogenetics Study of Cattle Bones from Seventeenth Century Carnide, Lisbon, Portugal Irene Ureña, Silvia Guimarães, Simon J. M. Davis, Cleia Detry, Gülşah Merve Kılınç, Rute da Fonseca, Nicolas Dussex, Luciana Simões, Ludmilla Blaschikoff, António Muñoz-Merida, Umberto Albarella, José Matos, Anders Götherström, Ana Elisabete Pires, Catarina Ginja


    Section 3: Symbolic and Ritual Importance


    9. Bison and Aurochs, Emblematic Figures of the Upper Paleolithic in Southwestern Europe Carole Fritz, Jean-Philip Brugal, Philippe Fosse, Gilles Tosello

    10. Emerging Inequalities at Animal Farm: Tracing the Symbolic Use of Cattle from the Late Neolithic to the Middle Bronze Age in Southern Portugal António Carlos Valera

    11. Cattle for the Ancestors at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey Nerissa Russell

    12. The Bovine Deposits from the Chalcolithic Ditched Enclosure of Camino de las Yeseras (Madrid, Spain) Corina Liesau, Patricia Ríos, Jorge Vega, Concepción Blasco, Roberto Menduiña, María de los Ángeles de Chorro, Cristina Cabrera, Eva-Marie Geigl, Carlos Arteaga


    Section 4: Socio-Political Importance


    13. Ethnoarchaeology of Cattle and Humans among Selected Communities in Manicaland, Eastern Zimbabwe Plan Shenjere-Nyabezi

    14. Cattle and People in China: From the Neolithic to the Present Katherine Brunson, Brian Lander, Mindi Schneider

    15. Cattle, Yaks, Traction, and the Bronze Age Spread of Pastoralism into the Mongolian Steppe
    Tuvshinjargal Tumubaatar, Cheryl A. Makarewicz



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