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« Crise économique » au Néolithique à la transition Pfÿn-Horgen (3400 BC) : contribution de la paléoparasitologie

Matthieu LE BAILLY, Urs LEUZINGER, Helmut SCHLICHTHERLE & Françoise BOUCHET

fr Anthropozoologica 42 (2) - Pages 175-185

Published on 31 December 2007

«Economic crash» during the Neolithic at the Pfÿn-Horgen transition (3400 BC): contribution of the paleoparasitology

To continue the paleoparasitological work on prehistoric lakeside settlements, several recent and final Neolithic sites, dated from 3900 to 2900 BC, located in north-eastern Switzerland (Canton of Thurgau) and south-western Germany (Bade-Wurttemberg) were studied. The comparative study of each site permitted to show important variations of the parasites biodiversity. The results of this study complete the state of the knowledge on north alpine Neolithic parasites. Furthermore these results gave new perspectives to paleoparasitology concerning the understanding of parasites evolution throughout the time, but also concerning the putting in evidence of possible ancient populations? migrations and cultural changes, during this prehistoric period.

Keywords :

Paleoparasitology, helminths, eggs, Neolithic, Alps, Pfÿn, Horgen.

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