Animal offerings at Borgo Le Ferriere (Latium, Italy)

Wietske PRUMMEL & Jelle W. BOUMA

en Anthropozoologica 25-26 - Pages 531-537

Published on 01 June 1998

This article is a part of the thematic issue Proceedings of the 7th ICAZ International Meeting, Constance, September 1994

From the Late 6th century, parts of sacrificed animals, dating from the 8th century to ca. 200 BC were (re-)buried into a votive deposit at ancient Satricum, modem Borgo Le Ferriere (Latium, Central ltaly). Combined sacrifices of a sheep (Ovis aries), a bovine animal (Bos taurus) and a pig (Sus domesticus) were made from the beginning of the 5th century BC to the end of the use of the sanctuary. They resemble the sacrifices of suovitaurilia made by the Romans, which are historically known since the 2rd century BC. ln the period 440/430 to 200 BC, parts of the sacrificed animals were burned.


Italy, Satricum, Iron Age, republican period, votive deposit, sacrificial animals.

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