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Paleopathology: health and welfare of animals in the pastPaleopathologie: gezondheid en welzijn van dieren in het verleden

By M. Groot

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This paper presents a short introduction to the field of palaeopathology, which can be studied from either a historical veterinary perspective or a zooarchaeological perspective. Zooarchaeologists are concerned with studying past human behaviour through animal remains found in archaeological sites. People are central to their research, and research questions are related to ancient diet, animal husbandry, hunting and fishing, and the ritual use of animals. Health and welfare of animals is of special relevance in agricultural societies. The limitations involved in paleopathology are discussed and some types of pathology commonly encountered are mentioned. Two different themes are briefly discussed, followed by a regional study. This paper illustrates the potential of paleopathology for gaining more insight into animal husbandry and human-animal relations in the past.

Publication Title Argos
Issue 54
Pages 125-131
ISBN/ISSN 0923-3970
Language Dutch
Author Address Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/IPNA, Universiteit Bazel, Westduinen 75, 1187JG Amstelveen, Netherlands.maaike.groot@unibas.ch
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal husbandry
  4. Animal nutrition
  5. Animal pathology
  6. Animals
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Archaeology
  9. Diets
  10. Domestic animals
  11. Infectious diseases
  12. Nutrition
  13. Parasites
  14. pathogens
  15. Veterinary sciences
  16. Zoology