From 1974 to the present, the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin has carried out archaeological excavations in the ancient territory (chora) of Metaponto, now located in the modern province of Basilicata on the southern coast of Italy. This wide-ranging investigation, which covers a number of sites and a time period ranging from prehistory to the Roman Empire, has unearthed a wealth of new information about the ancient rural economy in southern Italy. These discoveries will be published in a multi-volume series titledThe Chora of Metaponto. This volume on archaeozoology-the study of animal remains from archaeological sites-is the second in the series, followingThe Chora of Metaponto: The Necropoleis(1998).
Archaeozoology at Pantanello and Five Other Sitesdescribes the animal remains found throughout Metaponto and discusses what they reveal about ancient practices of hunting and herding, domestication and importation of new breeds, people's attitudes toward animals, and what animal remains indicate about past environments. A chapter devoted to bird bones, which are a relatively rare find because of their fragility, provides high quality information on the environment and methods of fowling, as well as on the beliefs and symbolism associated with birds. The final chapter covers tools-some simple, others sophisticated and richly decorated-made from animal bones.
Subjects: Archaeology, Zoology
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