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.
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