Becoming sedentary? The seasonality of food resource exploitation in the Mesolithic-Neolithic Danube Gorges

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https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.4

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seasonality, archaeozoology, sedentism, Danube Gorges, Mesolithic-Neolithic

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether the Mesolithic-Neolithic sites in the Danube Gorges were occupied seasonally or all year round by looking at animal skeletal remains. The hunting seasons of most important game animals have been determined on the basis of antler and teeth growth, supplemented by looking into the presence of migratory fish and birds. The patterns of food resource exploitation seem to indicate year-round occupation of the settlements, and suggest that a significant degree of sedentism existed in the Danube Gorges prior to, and independently of, the adoption of animal and plant husbandry.

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  • Vesna Dimitrijević, Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

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    Department of Archaeology

  • Ivana Živaljević, Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

    PhD candidate

    Department of Archaeology

  • Sofija Stefanović, Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

    Professor

    Department of Archaeology

     

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30. 12. 2016

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Becoming sedentary? The seasonality of food resource exploitation in the Mesolithic-Neolithic Danube Gorges. (2016). Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 103-122. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.4

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