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Zooarchaeology and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean: husbandry production from the Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity

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Project "ZooMWest" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 1˙199˙319 €
 EC max contribution 1˙199˙319 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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 Project objective

Human survival and success is substantially determined by the ability to move across the landscape and adapt. Consequently, ‘mobility’ is a crucial topic in historical and archaeological research. To overcome the seasonal scarcity of food and the related over-grazing of pastures, it is essential for animal husbandry to move across territories. However, the decision to allow or deny rights of way to mobile people and livestock depends on political judgements. How might these shape animal husbandry production, and society? The period between the Late Bronze Age and Late Antiquity in the Western Mediterranean witnessed the development of complex societies with a high territorial component, the Roman conquest, and the decline of the Western Roman Empire. Animal husbandry reflects human decisions regarding the management of resources, and the study of livestock rearing in specific geographical locations is possible through the isotopic analysis of ancient animal teeth. Consequently, we can analyse whether the nucleation of power occurring during the Bronze and Iron Ages, the centralization in Roman times and the later re-fragmentation in Late Antiquity transformed animal husbandry production. Crucially, we can then understand how political systems and decisions shaped human mobility through investigating animal production. ZooMWest brings together isotopic chemistry, ancient DNA, zooarchaeology and geospatial analysis through four related work packages. Other than elucidating long term debates in archaeology –did transhumance exist in prehistoric Europe?–, this multidisciplinary and innovative project will create an open-access database of strontium and oxygen stable isotopes of the Iberian Peninsula and Italy. This database will enable us to refine geographic provenance to any discipline assessing the origin of matter, including geology, forensic studies, and the alimentary industry, as strontium and oxygen are present in many molecules, including organic tissues.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Silvia Valenzuela Lamas
Circulación de animales en Iberia durante la Prehistoria reciente y la época clásica: métodos de análisis, primeros datos y retos de futuro.
published pages: 7-27, ISSN: 0079-8215, DOI: 10.1344/pyrenae2020.vol51num1.1
Pyrenae 51(1) 2020-03-05
2020 Ariadna Nieto-Espinet, Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas, Delphine Bosch, Armelle Gardeisen
Livestock production, politics and trade: A glimpse from Iron Age and Roman Languedoc
published pages: 102077, ISSN: 2352-409X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.102077
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 30 2020-03-05
2018 Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas, Hector A. Orengo, Delphine Bosch, Maura Pellegrini, Paul Halstead, Ariadna Nieto-Espinet, Angela Trentacoste, Sergio Jiménez-Manchón, Dani López-Reyes, Rafel Jornet-Niella
Shipping amphorae and shipping sheep? Livestock mobility in the north-east Iberian peninsula during the Iron Age based on strontium isotopic analyses of sheep and goat tooth enamel
published pages: e0205283, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205283
PLOS ONE 13/10 2019-05-15
2018 Angela Trentacoste, Ariadna Nieto-Espinet, Silvia Valenzuela-Lamas
Pre-Roman improvements to agricultural production: Evidence from livestock husbandry in late prehistoric Italy
published pages: e0208109, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208109
PLOS ONE 13/12 2019-05-15

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