The relationship between the Demeter cults and the offering of piglets is a cornerstone of many discussions about ancient Greek religion. However, this connection has rarely been supported by systematic zooarchaeological studies. The new excavations at the sanctuary of S. Anna greatly increase the zooarchaeological record of Sicily, while also providing an excellent case study for exploring the broader issues of ancient Greek ritual practice. Our results highlight the almost exclusive presence of pig bones, mostly belonging to very young individuals. The taphonomic analysis of the remains point to a cultic context, in which the piglets were used for sacrificial purposes and as part of sacred meals.

Miccichè, R. (2020). Sometimes Pigs Fly. In M. De Cesare, Portale E C, N. Sojc (a cura di), The Akragas Dialogue: new investigations on sanctuaries in Sicily (pp. 253-268). Berlin/Munich/Boston : De Gruyter [10.1515/9783110498783-013].

Sometimes Pigs Fly

Miccichè, Roberto
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2020

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The relationship between the Demeter cults and the offering of piglets is a cornerstone of many discussions about ancient Greek religion. However, this connection has rarely been supported by systematic zooarchaeological studies. The new excavations at the sanctuary of S. Anna greatly increase the zooarchaeological record of Sicily, while also providing an excellent case study for exploring the broader issues of ancient Greek ritual practice. Our results highlight the almost exclusive presence of pig bones, mostly belonging to very young individuals. The taphonomic analysis of the remains point to a cultic context, in which the piglets were used for sacrificial purposes and as part of sacred meals.
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Miccichè, R. (2020). Sometimes Pigs Fly. In M. De Cesare, Portale E C, N. Sojc (a cura di), The Akragas Dialogue: new investigations on sanctuaries in Sicily (pp. 253-268). Berlin/Munich/Boston : De Gruyter [10.1515/9783110498783-013].
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