Animal husbandry in the Bronze Age alpine settlement “Padnal”, Switzerland

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Animal husbandry in the Bronze Age alpine settlement “Padnal”, Switzerland

Subject

S5-2, S6-3, General session, poster

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Abstract:

These are the first results from my PhD thesis on the Bronze Age alpine settlement “Padnal”. The settlement, in the Swiss central alpine region, is a rare site in that there are abundant faunal remains. Although data collection is still in progress, just a portion of the total assemblage has been analysed, until now more than 30,000 fragments were identified and another 20,000 fragments will be further investigated.

Cattle were the main livestock throughout the Bronze Age, and became even more important during the Late Bronze Age, whereas the proportion of sheep and goat decreased.

The cattle mortality profile based on tooth wear shows a changing pattern in the Late Bronze Age from those of preceding times. Presumably, in the Early and Middle Bronze Age meat supply was the main function. However, in the Late Bronze Age, it appears that dairying and traction were also important functions alongside the meat.

The emergence of transhumance in the central alpine region in the Bronze Age is already presumed by archaeologists. Hopefully the full results from Padnal will contribute more to this discussion.

Authors:

BOPP-ITO Miki

Affiliations

IPAS; Institute for Prehistory and Archaeological Science, Basel University, Spalenring 145, CH-4055, Basel, Switzerland, miki.bopp@unibas.ch

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Bopp-Ito, Miki

Date

August 2010

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Bopp-Ito, Miki. " Animal husbandry in the Bronze Age alpine settlement “Padnal”, Switzerland," in BoneCommons, Item #988, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/988 (accessed August 7, 2020).

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File: Padnal_ICAZ2010_poster.pdf