Fraser, Sheena, Elsner, Julia, Hamilton, W Derek, Sayle, Kerry L, Schlumbaum, Angela and Bartosiewicz, László (2017) Matrilines in Neolithic cattle from Orkney, Scotland reveals complex husbandry patterns of ancestry. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 14. pp. 46-54. ISSN 0305-4403

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Abstract

mtDNA, isotopic and archaeozoological analyses of cattle teeth and bones from the Late Neolithic site of Links of Noltland, Orkney, Scotland revealed these animals followed similar grazing regimes but displayed diverse genetic origins and included one cattle skull that carried an aurochs (wild cattle) genetic haplotype. Morphometric analyses indicate the presence of some cattle larger than published dimensions of Neolithic domestic cattle. Several explanations for these finding are possible but may be the evidence of a complex pattern of domestic cattle introductions into Neolithic Orkney and interbreeding between domestic and wild cattle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Marine mammals; ZooMS; Archaeological collagen; Species identification; Proteomics; Cetaceans; Pinnipeds
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 08:46
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 08:46
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2100

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