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Title: Faunal Remains from Torre Velha 12 (Serpa, Beja, Southwest of Portugal): Relationship between Animals and Bronze Age Communities
Authors: Senra, Marta
Costa, Cláudia
Bettencourt, Ana
Baptista, Lídia 
Gomes, Sérgio 
Keywords: Bronze Age; mammals; relationship between animals and prehistoric communities; society
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI
Project: ICArEHB-UID/ARQ/04211/2013-ICArEHB 
SFRH/BPD/100203/2014 
Serial title, monograph or event: Heritage
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Abstract: Torre Velha 12 is located in Serpa (Beja) and was excavated and directed by two of the authors (LB and SG), during an emergency intervention within the Alqueva Project. This site is characterized by negative structures filled with pottery sherds and other materials dating to the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE. The aim of this paper is to publish the study of the faunal remains dated from Bronze Age (2nd millennium BCE). The faunal assemblage is small and comes from non-funerary pits and from funerary hypogea. Other than a bone artefact and an undetermined shell fragment, all of the remains integrated in the pits were classified as mammals. Sheep/goat is was frequently found while other species such as cattle and swines had lower frequencies. Fragments of cattle limbs are the only faunal remains associated with human burials and reveal a clear taxonomical and anatomical pattern that may be an indicator of a careful and structured anthropogenic behavior. The aim of this paper is to understand the social relationship between animals and the Bronze Age communities.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/107010
ISSN: 2571-9408
DOI: 10.3390/heritage2010016
Rights: openAccess
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