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A Short Report on the Preliminary Results from the Study of the Mammal and Bird Bone Assemblages from Dichin

C. JOHNSTONE

in The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264027
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.003.0011

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

A Short Report on the Preliminary Results from the Study of the Mammal and Bird Bone Assemblages from Dichin

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This chapter summarizes the results of a preliminary study of the mammal and bird bone assemblages from Dichin, Bulgaria. It briefly describes the species identified and offers some tentative conclusions as to their significance for reconstructing local environmental conditions. It pays particular attention to the domestic mammals and the preliminary results of analyses looking at the differing economic roles of cattle, sheep and pigs in the late Roman to early Byzantine periods. A total of 9,136 mammal and 573 bird bones were recorded from deposits at Dichin, all of which were identified at least to family level and mostly to species. Species of birds that were identified based on the bones are pelicans, cormorants, owls and corvids.

Keywords: Dichin; Bulgaria; bones; birds; mammals; cattle; sheep; pigs; corvids; owls

Chapter.  3451 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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