Copley, M. S., Berstan, R., Dudd, S., Straker, V., Payne, S. and Evershed, R. P. (2005). Dairying in antiquity. I.. J Archaeol Sci 32 (4). Vol 32(4), pp. 485-503.

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Dairying in antiquity. I.
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Evidence from absorbed lipid residues dating to the British Iron Age
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J Archaeol Sci 32 (4)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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32 (4)
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485 - 503
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The evidence for dairying in antiquity has, until recently, primarily been restricted to the reconstruction of herd structures through the analysis of faunal remains. Using this method alone cannot provide definitive evidence for the presence of dairy herds, due to differences in the recovery of animal bones at sites and the many different farming strategies that can affect herd structures (e.g. dairying, meat production, traction etc.). Absorbed lipid residues have been extracted from 237 pottery vessels from the British Iron Age sites of Maiden Castle, Danebury Hillfort, Yarnton Cresswell Field and Stanwick. The compound-specific stable carbon isotope (13C values) of the principal fatty acids found in animal fats (C16:0 and C18:0) have allowed the direct detection of dairy fats, thus providing evidence that dairying was an important component of farming practices in the British Iron Age. The results are compared to assessments of the faunal remains at each of the sites, and correlations between morphological characteristics of the vessels (e.g. type, form, use wear and rim diameter) and lipid residue discussed.
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Mark S Copley
Robert Berstan
Stephanie Dudd
Vanessa Straker
Sebastian Payne
Richard P Evershed
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2005
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Animal Bones (Auto Detected Subject))
Vessels (Auto Detected Subject))
Iron Age (MIDAS)
Faunal Remains (Auto Detected Subject))
Pottery Vessels (Auto Detected Subject))
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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27 Jun 2005