Session: #693

Theme & Session Format

1. Artefacts, Buildings & Ecofacts
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Zooarchaeology and mobility in the Past: human-animal interaction in Archaeology from Palaeolithic to Medieval times [PaM]
Mobility is a quality of individuals and social groups that have the ability to move around the territory for economic, social and/or cultural reasons. In this sense, mobility is a dynamic reality that must be considered in archaeological research on all historical periods. In recent decades, zooarchaeology has advanced in the knowledge of the forms of mobility of human groups from Prehistory to the present day in combination with various analytical techniques (DNA, dental microwear, osteometry, isotopic analysis, ZooMs). Aspects such as the seasonality of human occupations in the Palaeolithic in relation to hunting, migratory movements as a subsistence strategy, the functionality of settlements, the introduction of domestic animals, the improvement of certain aspects of livestock or the presence of "exotic" species in various archaeological contexts are some of the markers that allow us to trace the networks of mobility in past societies. These markers are part of the daily activity of past societies and are linked to their survival and social behaviour. Therefore, zooarchaeology has become a very useful tool to establish mobility in the various (pre)historical societies, be it short, medium, or long distance.

This session aims to create an open forum to analyse human decisions to move through different territories based on the relationship between humans and animals documented in the archaeological record in any spatial framework from Palaeolithic to Middle Ages. Proposals related to, among others, the following are welcome:

-Mobility as a subsistence strategy
-The seasonality of occupations based on dental meso- and micro-wear
-Social and commercial relationships in ancient societies
-The introduction of domestication
-DNA analysis and animal migrations
-Mobility through isotopic analysis
-Osteometry and species variability
-Ancient communication networks
-The introduction of livestock improvements
-Trade in animals and secondary products
-The presence of exotic animals in archaeological contexts
-Animal resources management
Zooarchaeology, Mobility, Bone Industry, Trade, Social Archaeology, Seasonality
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Main organiser:
Rocío Pazos García (Spain) 1
Rosana Cerezo Fernández (Spain) 1,2
Rodrigo Portero Hernández (Spain) 1,3
Cleia Detry (Portugal) 4
Esteban Álvarez Fernández (Spain) 1
1. Universidad de Salamanca
2. Université Toulouse
3. Instituto de Investigaciones Prehistóricas de Cantabria
4. Centro de Arqueologia da Universidade de Lisboa (UNIARQ)