Session: #270

Theme & Session Format

Interpreting the archaeological record: artefacts, humans and landscapes
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Animals on the Move: When, How and the Implication for Humans
Animal mobility is crucial for human substinence. From Paleolithic to present-day, animal movements have determined the nature and abundance of resources available to humans.In paleolithic and mesolithic times, ecology and physical/geographical boundaries were likely major factors affecting animal movement and provisioning. However, animal routes, rhythms and changes through time are barely known, and several observations suggest that humans may have influenced “natural” animal mobility.As time went on and human demographic density increased, socio-political structures became a major factor for mobility, because political boundaries and human decisions determined whether animals could cross a territory or not. This may or not have been associated with the mobility of goods.
This session aims to bring together Paleolithic to post-medieval times animal mobility researchers who are focusing on novel techniques. Methodological approaches include (but are not restricted to) isotopes, geometrics morphometrics, ancient DNA, and histological analysis. Integrative contributions, for example where ecology, paleoclimate, paleoenvironmental forces, hunter-gather relationships and material culture mobility are combined with chemical/physical measurements, are encouraged.
Animal Mobility, Migrations, Transhumance, Landscape, Herders, Hunter-gatherers
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Main organiser:
Maura Pellegrini (Italy) 1,2
Silvia Valenzuela Lamas (Spain) 3
1. Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art - University of Oxford
2. Department of Biology - University of Florence
3. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientıficas- Institucio Milà i Fontanals (CSIC-IMF)