The interest in the identification of animal species housed in caves or rock-shelters used as livestock pen and herding management along prehistoric and historic ages, is increasing to understand better the development of pastoral activities. In this manuscript, a method for the quantification of β-sterol/phytosterols, bile acids, hormones and hormones metabolites has been developed to determine the main pastoral activities carried out in Vallone Inferno rock-shelter (Scillato, Sicily, Italy) from Middle Neolithic to Early Middle Age. According to the result obtained, the main animals housed in the rock-shelter went gradually changing from ovicaprids in Middle Neolithic to pigs in Early Middle Age. Additionally, new proxies (progesterone/Ʃbile acids and metabolites of progesterone/Ʃbile acids) were used to detect a high hormonal activity at Early Middle Age samples related with female pig management.

Vallejo A., Forgia V., Verges J.M., Gorostizu-Orkaiztegi A., Alday-Izaguirre A., Elejaga-Jimeno A., et al. (2023). Identification of animal species housed and herding practices in ancient sediments from the Vallone Inferno rock-shelter (Scillato, Sicily, Italy) using faecal biomarkers, hormones, and their metabolites. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL [10.1016/j.quaint.2023.08.003].

Identification of animal species housed and herding practices in ancient sediments from the Vallone Inferno rock-shelter (Scillato, Sicily, Italy) using faecal biomarkers, hormones, and their metabolites

Forgia V.
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Verges J. M.;
2023-01-01

Abstract

The interest in the identification of animal species housed in caves or rock-shelters used as livestock pen and herding management along prehistoric and historic ages, is increasing to understand better the development of pastoral activities. In this manuscript, a method for the quantification of β-sterol/phytosterols, bile acids, hormones and hormones metabolites has been developed to determine the main pastoral activities carried out in Vallone Inferno rock-shelter (Scillato, Sicily, Italy) from Middle Neolithic to Early Middle Age. According to the result obtained, the main animals housed in the rock-shelter went gradually changing from ovicaprids in Middle Neolithic to pigs in Early Middle Age. Additionally, new proxies (progesterone/Ʃbile acids and metabolites of progesterone/Ʃbile acids) were used to detect a high hormonal activity at Early Middle Age samples related with female pig management.
2023
Settore L-ANT/09 - Topografia Antica
Settore L-ANT/01 - Preistoria E Protostoria
Settore L-ANT/10 - Metodologie Della Ricerca Archeologica
Vallejo A., Forgia V., Verges J.M., Gorostizu-Orkaiztegi A., Alday-Izaguirre A., Elejaga-Jimeno A., et al. (2023). Identification of animal species housed and herding practices in ancient sediments from the Vallone Inferno rock-shelter (Scillato, Sicily, Italy) using faecal biomarkers, hormones, and their metabolites. QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL [10.1016/j.quaint.2023.08.003].
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