The red deer in the Sulcis (south-western Sardinia, Italy) between 8th and 3rd centuries B.C.

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The red deer in the Sulcis (south-western Sardinia, Italy) between 8th and 3rd centuries B.C.

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S4-4, Cervids and society � Deer in Time and Space, oral

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Abstract:

The study of the Sulcis area during the Iron age has as principal purposes the understanding of the Phoenician expansion, of the punic conquest and the relationships of these populations with the communities living in the territory. Within these studies the analysis of the faunal remains of the different archaeological sites included in the project, has underlined the relationships that man has had in the times with the deer which was living on the island at least from the late Neolithic. The interaction between man and deer had different results: from the exploitation of the meat to the manufacture of bone and antler, up to the ritual use of the astragalus in some burials. Some sites are more interested in hunting activity (Nuraghe and Monte Sirai) while in others ones the workmanship is attested, manly for antlers (Sulcis). From our present knowledge it is possible to recognize a florid commerce linked to the exploitation of the red deer: where the natural environment allows the proliferation of this specie, hunting has a great importance. The products obtained from the deer were then resold in the urbanized sites. Nuraghe Sirai is situated along the street that connects Sulcis with Monte Sirai and in this site the red deer has in some cases more importance in feeding than the domestic species. In Sulcis, fragments of antlers and carving refusals are more abundant, but the consumption of meat is not attested. In Monte Sirai, in the so-called “House with the Talk Skylight”, the recovery of many fragments of lithic hones and deer antlers allows us to think to a workshop of knives with handles carved from antlers.

Authors:

CARENTI Gabriele

Affiliations

Università degli Studi di Sassari – Dipartimento di Storia, viale Umberto I, 52 - 07100 Sassari, gabrielecarenti@gmail.com

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Carenti, Gabriele

Date

August 2010

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Carenti, Gabriele. "The red deer in the Sulcis (south-western Sardinia, Italy) between 8th and 3rd centuries B.C. ," in BoneCommons, Item #1024, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1024 (accessed August 7, 2020).

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