Cat Taming In the Western Mediterranean. Issues, Problematics and Unpredictability In The Light Of Bio-Archaeological Approaches to a Museum Specimen.

Luca Sineo, Andrea Dario Messina, Maria Cosenza, Roberto Maria Micciche', Stefano Reale

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The vast wealth of cultural artifacts and ancient biological samples can today be investigated using a great variety of methods and technologies. The result is a growing diffusion of studies on DNA, isotopes and morphometrics, and the exponential growth of publications and bio-archaeological discoveries of inestimable value for different areas of interpretation, such as phylogeny, history and archaeology. This paper describes the morphological and molecular study of a rare specimen of Felis from an Early Bronze Age horizon. The report offers the opportunity for a brief discussion on cat taming, on the origin of this practice and on the archaeological importance of this specimen for the reconstruction of taming practices in the Western Mediterranean Basin.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)13-25
Numero di pagine13
RivistaConservation Science in Cultural Heritage
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015


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