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En rond ou en long ? Aires de découpes de poissons du littoral balouche (Makran pakistanais)

Jean DESSE & Roland BESENVAL

fr Anthropozoologica 21 - Pages 163-170

Published on 01 November 1995

Around or lengthwise? Fish processing areas on the Baluchi coast (Pakistani Makran)

The Baluchi coast enables abundant capture of very large fish of species common along the low and lagoon coastlines. This marine wealth thus compensâtes for the high aridity of the shore and makes it possible to obtain, with unsophisticated means, impressive quantifies of animal protein. Today these fish are sent to the inhabited zones of central Makran or Karachi (and sometimes even Sri Lanka) and are consumed in places far remotefrom the natural habitat of marine fish. The recent discovery, by the French archaeological team in Makran, of areas meant for the processing of fish date to the Harappan period. This demonstrates the antiquity of such practices along this coast, known in the classical period as the "coast of the fish-eaters".

Keywords :

Fish, Salting, Baluchistan, Harappan, Fish-eaters.

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