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Elena Marinova, Bea De Cupere and Vassil Nikolov (2016)

Preliminary results of the bioarchaeological research at the Neolithic site of Mursalevo (S Bulgaria): evidence on food storage, processing and consumption form the building contexts

In: Southeast Europe and Anatolia in prehistory Essays in honor of Vassil Nikolov on his 65th anniversary, ed. by Krum Bacvarov and Ralf Gleser. Dr. Rudolf Habelt, chap. 49, pp. 509-519. (ISBN: 978-3-7749-4066-6).

Archaeozoological and archaeobotanical evidence from domestic contexts at the Early and Late Neolithic site of Mursalevo was used to explore food consumption and storage practices, subsistence strategies and exploitation of natural resources. Bioarchaeological evidence indicates diachronic changes of herd management and crop cultivation. During the Early Neolithic breeding of domesticates was focused on the production of meat, and crop assemblages point towards good growing conditions. In the Late Neolithic, herd management involved also milk production, with a larger contribution of cattle, while the dominating crops included mainly cereals and pulses that were adapted to unfavorable conditions. In addition, wild resources were less intensively used through time
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