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Diet, mobility, and environment


Animal diet and mobility can provide valuable insights into the development and nature of animal husbandry from its early beginnings to its full incorporation in the subsistence economy. Through investigating the diet of cattle and pigs, it is possible to explore aspects such as herd management, the use of fodder, and patterns in feeding habits and environment. Similarly, the spheres of animal mobility can shed light on hunting, herding, and management practices as well as exchange networks.

This project explores the nature of these human-animal interactions by means of stable carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and strontium isotope analyses of cattle, pig, and various wild fauna remains. The aim is to develop a better understanding of the emergence of animal husbandry in the Dutch wetlands from a multispecies perspective. Additionally, this project will contribute to the development of an environmental isotopic baseline, providing a framework for the study of the Neolithisation process in the Netherlands.

Last modified:15 December 2020 08.41 a.m.