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Food strategies in Central Moravia (Czech Republic) during Final Eneolithic : a case study of Corded Ware culture communities

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Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Archeologické rozhledy
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Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords diet; microwear; SEM; archaeozoology; Corded Ware culture; society
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Description In this paper we focused on the reconstruction of dietary behaviour and food culture in the population of the Corded Ware culture in Central Moravia. The data comes from sites at Ivanovice na Hané 3/2, Ivanovice na Hané 4 and Hoštice 4. The main aim of this study is to get data about diet and symbolic meals indicated in graves in the form of animal bones, and to compare our results with the common idea of sexual dimorphism in the societies of the Corded Ware culture. Buccal dental microwear analysis was performed in order to reconstruct the diet and the results were compared to the physical health of the whole population. The results indicate a mixed abrasive diet with a high ratio of meat intake. In any case, individual dietary behaviour varied and was most probably determined not just by nutritional needs, but also by rules, taboos and restrictions.
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