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The Mas del Pepet experimental programme for the study of prehistoric livestock practices: Preliminary data from dung burning

Vergès, Josep Maria, Burguet-Coca, Aitor, Allué, Ethel, Expósito, Isabel, Guardiola, Miquel, Martín, Patricia, Morales, Juan Ignacio, Burjachs, Francesc, Cabanes, Dan, Carrancho, Ángel, Vallverdú, Josep
Quaternary international 2016 v.414 pp. 304-315
archaeology, burning, caves, feces, herds, livestock, occupations, pastures
The research for referential data on current livestock contexts is essential for correctly interpreting archaeological records documented in prehistoric livestock spaces. Experimental programmes such as the one begun in 2014 in the Mas del Pepet pen (Rojals, Tarragona) has permitted an understanding, among other matters, of fold characteristics according to the type of livestock, the seasonality of occupations and herd management. This study also contributes to the identification of taphonomic processes that have taken place and to determine the representativeness of the botanical content in the deposit, in relation to the environment and pasture areas. Finally, the dung burning experiments conducted have provided data that will help to reveal the way manure was treated in prehistoric fold caves.