zoo-archaeological analyses of Vetricella: new insights

The majority of animal bones and teeth from the site of Vetricella have been recovered from archaeological contexts dated to Period 4 (second half of 10th– mid 11th centuries A.D.) and, to a lesser extent, to Period 5+6 (mid 11th – mid 13th centuries A.D.). The zoo-archaeological results show strong similarities between the two analysed chronological periods. Indeed, both in Period 4 and Period 5+6, the three main domestic species (cattle, caprines and suids) are the most represented animal species.… Continue reading

New data of the faunal remains from the site of Vetricella

The study and analysis of the faunal remains from the archaeological site of Vetricella are ongoing. Most of the anatomical and taxonomic identification of the remains is carried out at the Department of Historical Sciences and Cultural Heritage of the University of Siena, where a comparative osteological collection is located, including both wild and domestic species, mostly animal classes of macro mammals and birds. However, for some of the animal remains studied, the consultation of the large animal osteological collection… Continue reading

Preliminary zooarcheological results from Vetricella

The zooarchaeological results discussed in this brief contribute refers to the animal remains found during the archaeological excavation at the site of Vetricella. In total, 1,200 bones and teeth have been identified at anatomical and taxonomic levels. These latter remains were found in the archeological contexts, here listed: US 112, 118, 181 and US 459. The preliminary zooarchaeological analyses show that pork (Sus sp.) was by far the most popular meat consumed by the community living at Vetricella; most of… Continue reading