Socio-economic changes and their implication in the consumption and trade of meat during the La Tène period in Northern France: the cases of the Villeneuve-Saint-Germain and Condé-sur-Suippe (Aisne) oppida

Pierre-Emmanuel PARIS

en Anthropozoologica 50 (1) - Pages 5-20

Published on 26 June 2015

Over the last two centuries B.C., Northern Gaul is confronted with a severe socio-political crisis revealed by a phase of considerable urban development. The re-organization of the territory deeply alters the landscape of Belgic Gaul as the signs of actual Gallic city-states emerge. This rapid and complete transformation of society provokes major economic changes, particularly involving meat resources. New butchering methods appear in certain pre-Roman sites, diet seems to become more standardized and the trade of meat and agricultural primary foods occupies a prominent position in the economy both within and between territories.This archaeozoological study of two large urban entities in the Aisne valley (France), the oppida of Villeneuve-Saint-Germain and Condé-sur-Suippe, dating from La Tène D1/D2, reveals differences in meat management and preparation, as well as diet.


Oppidum, archaeozoology, consumption, economy, meat, butchery.

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