Aim of this work is to study the role of wild animals in the Neolithic and Copper Age of North-eastern Italy. The work focuses on sites located in Veneto, Trentino - Alto Adige/Südtirol and Friuli - Venezia Giulia, interested in the past years by zooarchaeological studies. The reconstruction of the human-animal relationship and the definition of the role and meaning of wild animals, in these periods, is difficult because of the small number of studied sites, the quality of the faunal assemblages and the methodology applied for the studies. Data obtained from the study of Neolithic faunas in North-eastern Italy seem to indicate that there wasn’t a well-defined cultural model for the exploitation of animal resources. Concerning the presence of wild animals in ancient Neolithic contexts, they testify a gradual transition towards an economy based on breeding, which will be established from the Middle Neolithic in a generalized way, but with some exceptions. Faunas of the Copper Age are linked to the Neolithic ones by wild animals that sometimes can play a significant role but in most cases, they reach small percentages. This supports the idea of an economy mainly based on agriculture and breeding.

Osservazioni su ruolo e significato degli animali selvatici nel Neolitico e nell’Età del Rame dell’Italia nordorientale alla luce dell’archeozoologia / A. Zanetti, A. Fontana, U. Tecchiati. - In: PREISTORIA ALPINA. - ISSN 0393-0157. - 50:(2020), pp. 89-100.

Osservazioni su ruolo e significato degli animali selvatici nel Neolitico e nell’Età del Rame dell’Italia nordorientale alla luce dell’archeozoologia

U. Tecchiati
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2020

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Aim of this work is to study the role of wild animals in the Neolithic and Copper Age of North-eastern Italy. The work focuses on sites located in Veneto, Trentino - Alto Adige/Südtirol and Friuli - Venezia Giulia, interested in the past years by zooarchaeological studies. The reconstruction of the human-animal relationship and the definition of the role and meaning of wild animals, in these periods, is difficult because of the small number of studied sites, the quality of the faunal assemblages and the methodology applied for the studies. Data obtained from the study of Neolithic faunas in North-eastern Italy seem to indicate that there wasn’t a well-defined cultural model for the exploitation of animal resources. Concerning the presence of wild animals in ancient Neolithic contexts, they testify a gradual transition towards an economy based on breeding, which will be established from the Middle Neolithic in a generalized way, but with some exceptions. Faunas of the Copper Age are linked to the Neolithic ones by wild animals that sometimes can play a significant role but in most cases, they reach small percentages. This supports the idea of an economy mainly based on agriculture and breeding.
Neolithic; Copper Age; North-eastern Italy; wild animals; zooarchaeology
Settore L-ANT/01 - Preistoria e Protostoria
Settore L-ANT/10 - Metodologie della Ricerca Archeologica
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