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Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck & Peter Rowley-Conwy: Introduction
I. Evolution and Taxonomy
1: Colin Groves: Current views on taxonomy and zoogeography of the genus Sus
2: Greger Larson, Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney & Peter Rowley-Conwy: Current views on Sus phylogeography and pig domestication as seen through modern mtDNA studies
3: Leif Andersson: The molecular basis for phenotypic changes during pig domestication
II. The History of Pig Domestication and Husbandry
4: Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck, Umberto Albarella & Peter Rowley-Conwy: The transition from wild boar to domestic pig in Eurasia, illustrated by a tooth development defect and biometrical data
5: Caroline Grigson: Culture, ecology and pigs from the 5th to the 3rd millennium BC around the Fertile Crescent
6: Hitomi Hongo, Tomoko Anezaki, Kyomi Yamazaki, Osamu Takahashi & Hiroki Sugawara: Hunting or management? The status of Sus in the Jomon Period, Japan
7: Peter Rowley-Conwy & Keith Dobney: Wild boar and domestic pigs in Mesolithic and Neolithic southern Scandinavia
8: Marco Masseti: The economic role of Sus in early human fishing communities
9: Anton Ervynck, An Lentacker, Gundula Muldner, Mike Richards & Keith Dobney: An investigation into the transition from forest dwelling pigs to farm animals in medieval Flanders, Belgium
III. Methodological Applications
10: Richard Carter & Ola Magnell: Age estimation of wild boar based on molariform mandibular tooth development and its application to seasonality at the Mesolithic site of Ringkloster, Denmark
11: Annat Haber: A statistical method for dealing with isolated teeth: ageing pig teeth from Hagoshrim, Israel
12: Goggy Davidowitz & Liora Kolska Horwitz: Inter-population variation in recent wild boar from Israel
13: Tom Wilkie, Ingrid Mainland, Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney & Peter Rowley-Conwy: A dental microwear study of pig diet and management in Iron Age, Romano-British, Anglo-Scandinavian and medieval contexts in England
14: Horst Kierdorf & Uwe Kierdorf: The histopathology of fluorotic dental enamel in wild boar and domestic pigs
15: Sofie Vanpoucke, Bea De Cupere & Marc Waelkens: Economic and ecological reconstruction at the Classical site of Sagalassos, Turkey, using pigs' teeth
IV. Ethnographic Studies
16: Umberto Albarella, Filippo Manconi, Jean-Denis Vigne & Peter Rowley-Conwy: Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica
17: Jacqueline Studer & Daniel Pillonel: Traditional pig butchery by the Yali people of West Papua (Irian Jaya): an ethnographic and archaeozoological example
18: Paul Sillitoe: Pigs in the New Guinea Highlands: an ethnographic example
V. Pigs in Ritual and Art
19: Anne-Sophie Dalix & Emmanuelle Vila: Wild boar hunting in the Eastern Mediterranean from the 2nd to the 1st millennium BC
20: Sarah Phillips: The pig in medieval iconography

About the Author

Umberto Albarella is Research Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Keith Dobney is Wellcome Trust Bioarchaeology Fellow at the University of Durham. Anton Ervynck is Fellow of the Institute for the Archaeological Heritage of the Flemish Community in Brussels. Peter Rowley-Conwy is Reader in Environmental Archaeology at the University of Durham.


...a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account zoology, palaeontology, genetics, ethnography and archaeology, and researchers with these different approaches have contributed to the many authoritative chapters in this book. It has been well editied, has excellent illustrations and will be of interest and use to readers in many different disciplines.
*Juliet Clutton-Brock Times Literary Supplement*

[an] important contribution to the repertoire of zooarchaeological studies
*Philip J. Piper Antiquity*

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