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The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond$
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Andrew Poulter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264027

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.001.0001

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A Short Report on the Preliminary Results from the Study of the Mammal and Bird Bone Assemblages from Dichin

A Short Report on the Preliminary Results from the Study of the Mammal and Bird Bone Assemblages from Dichin

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The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond
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C. JOHNSTONE

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.003.0011

This chapter summarizes the results of a preliminary study of the mammal and bird bone assemblages from Dichin, Bulgaria. It briefly describes the species identified and offers some tentative conclusions as to their significance for reconstructing local environmental conditions. It pays particular attention to the domestic mammals and the preliminary results of analyses looking at the differing economic roles of cattle, sheep and pigs in the late Roman to early Byzantine periods. A total of 9,136 mammal and 573 bird bones were recorded from deposits at Dichin, all of which were identified at least to family level and mostly to species. Species of birds that were identified based on the bones are pelicans, cormorants, owls and corvids.

Keywords:   Dichin, Bulgaria, bones, birds, mammals, cattle, sheep, pigs, corvids, owls

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