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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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The Environmental Archaeology Research Programme at Nicopolis: Methodology and Results

The Environmental Archaeology Research Programme at Nicopolis: Methodology and Results

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(p.218) (p.219) 8 The Environmental Archaeology Research Programme at Nicopolis: Methodology and Results
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The Transition to Late Antiquity, on the Danube and Beyond
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M. BEECH

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264027.003.0008

This chapter describes the methodology and results of the environmental archaeology research programme at Nicopolis ad Istrum in the Balkans. The aims of the research programme were: to determine the use of the major domestic animal and plant species and to explore what husbandry practices may have been employed; to examine the changing role of domestic versus wild resources; to reconstruct the likely natural environment close to Nicopolis, using the presence of particular species and their known habitats. This chapter presents examinations of epigraphic and documentary evidence found at the site, including coins and animal footprints. A large quantity of bio-archaeological data was collected, including bone fragments of mammals, birds, and fish; moderate quantities of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine mollusca; and large quantities of cereals, pulses, edible fruits, and nuts, as well as wild plants.

Keywords:   Nicopolis ad Istrum, Balkans, husbandry, coins, animal footprints, bone fragments, mammals, fish, birds, plants

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