Early evidence for pig and dog husbandry from the Neolithic site of An Son, southern Vietnam

Piper, P.J., Campos, F.Z., Kinh, D. Ngoc, Amano, N., Oxenham, M., Hoang, B. Chi, Bellwood, P., and Willis, A. (2014) Early evidence for pig and dog husbandry from the Neolithic site of An Son, southern Vietnam. International Journal of Osteoarcheology, 24 (1). pp. 68-78.

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Abstract

An Son in southern Vietnam is one of a series of Neolithic (food producing) settlement/cemetery sites in Southeast Asia that appear, archaeologically, shortly before and after 2000 cal. bc. Excavations in 2009 produced a small but important assemblage of vertebrate remains that permit relative comparisons with other zooarchaeological assemblages of similar date in Thailand and northern Vietnam. At An Son, domestic dogs are present from the earliest known phases of occupation with butchery evidence and a high proportion of canid remains, suggesting they were possibly used as a food resource. Suid bones were recovered from the earliest phases of the site excavated, and pig husbandry can be identified from at least 1800 to 1600 cal. bc. There is also evidence for the use of a range of other resources including fishing, hunting and the capturing of turtles.

Item ID: 48112
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-1212
Keywords: Vietnam; Neolithic; subsistence; pig husbandry; domsticated dog
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), University of the Philippines (UP)
Projects and Grants: UP Grant
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 00:16
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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