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Kulturhistorische und Landschaftsmorphologische Ergebnisse aus der Untersuchung der Tierknochenfunde von Lousoi in Arkadien

Gerhard FORSTENPOINTNER & Martin HOFER

de - Pages 683-690

Published on 01 June 1998

Faunal remains of Lousoi in Arcadia (Greece) have been examined with regard to historical as well as geomorphological evidence. The lack of sacra and caudal vertebrae in domestic ruminants seems to indicate a rather conservative slaughtering practice. Particular attention should be given to the huge body-size of the lousiatic cattle-breed. Suggestions as to the surrounding landscape in Hellenistic times can be furnished on account of archeozoological findings. Vast pastures near the settled areas, used for cattle- and sheepherding, but also inhabited by bustards, are implied. The adjacent heights and smaller, unsettled dates must have been richly wooded, even swampy in parts. Due to these environmental conditions the extraordinary height of the Arcadian red deer can be explained. Findings of the pelican indicate that a lake or pond must have been situated in the southern part of the valley.

Keywords :

Archaeozoology, Lousoi, Greece, Hellenistic period, cattle, red deer

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