CNCS–UEFISCDI project PN-II-RU-TE-2011-3-0146 no. 55/05.10.2011
Relationships between humans and suines in prehistorical and historical time, on the Romania`s territory and connections with the European and Asian spaces

Code: PN-II-RU-TE-2011-3-0146
Contract number: 55/05.10.2011
Name of PN II Program: Human Resources (RU)
Subprogram: Research projects to stimulate the formation of young independent research teams (TE)
Contract value: 750000 lei
Contract duration: 36 months (5.10.2011 – 4.10.2014)
Authority: Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI)

Project abstract

Archaeozoology studies the fauna remains which are identified by the archeological research. This research theme aims to study the remains of suinae (domestic pig and wild boar) from an archeozoological, morphometric and paleogenetical perspective; these remains are the products of different activities (nutrition, rituals, handcraft), realized by the ancient human populations of the Romanian territory, remains which are, for the most part, closely connected to the human behavior.

The archeozoological research proposed here will try to identify some local centres for domesticating the wild boar in the neo-eneolithical civilizations, the way this domesticated form had spreaded out and also the way the domestic pig had participated to the development of the livestock, since the Neolithic and up to the Middle Age. The archeozoological data will be correlated with the archaeological ones, in order to characterize the agricultural practices on the Romanian territory.

In several countries there are many research projects studying the problem of the first procedures of domesticating animals in the prehistory, and also the spread of the first domesticated species in the European space. In this project, we will realize the first studies of paleogenetics and geometrical morphometry over the ancient fauna of Romania, and the results will be integrated in the international data for the rest of the Europe.

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