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dc.contributor.authorGreenfield, Tina L
dc.contributor.authorMcMahon, Augusta M
dc.contributor.authorO'Connell, Tamsin C
dc.contributor.authorReade, Hazel
dc.contributor.authorHolmden, Chris
dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Alexandra C
dc.contributor.authorZettler, Richard L
dc.contributor.authorPetrie, Cameron A
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-15T20:00:40Z
dc.date.available2022-06-15T20:00:40Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.submitted2021-04-08
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.otherpone-d-21-11645
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/338130
dc.descriptionFunder: The University of Pennsylvania Museum
dc.descriptionFunder: The Isaac Newton Trust Small Grant Fund
dc.descriptionFunder: Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme (CHRGS), The University of Cambridge
dc.description.abstractDuring the third millennium BC, Mesopotamia (the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, in modern Iraq-Syria), was dominated by the world's earliest cities and states, which were ruled by powerful elites. Ur, in present-day southern Iraq, was one of the largest and most important of these cities, and irrigation-based agriculture and large herds of domesticated animals were the twin mainstays of the economy and diet. Texts suggest that the societies of the Mesopotamian city-states were extremely hierarchical and underpinned by institutionalised and heavily-managed farming systems. Prevailing narratives suggest that the animal management strategies within these farming systems in the third millennium BC were homogenous. There have been few systematic science-based studies of human and animal diets, mobility, or other forms of human-animal interaction in Mesopotamia, but such approaches can inform understanding of past economies, including animal management, social hierarchies, diet and migration. Oxygen, carbon and strontium isotopic analysis of animal tooth enamel from both royal and private/non-royal burial contexts at Early Dynastic Ur (2900-2350 BC) indicate that a variety of herd management strategies and habitats were exploited. These data also suggest that there is no correlation between animal-management practices and the cattle found in royal or private/non-royal burial contexts. The results demonstrate considerable divergence between agro-pastoral models promoted by the state and the realities of day-to-day management practices. The data from Ur suggest that the animals exploited different plant and water sources, and that animals reared in similar ways ended up in different depositional contexts.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.subjectResearch Article
dc.subjectBiology and life sciences
dc.subjectMedicine and health sciences
dc.subjectResearch and analysis methods
dc.subjectEarth sciences
dc.subjectSocial sciences
dc.subjectPhysical sciences
dc.titleWere there royal herds? Understanding herd management and mobility using isotopic characterizations of cattle tooth enamel from Early Dynastic Ur.
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2022-06-15T20:00:39Z
prism.issueIdentifier6
prism.publicationNamePLoS One
prism.volume17
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.85539
dcterms.dateAccepted2022-02-26
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1371/journal.pone.0265170
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
datacite.contributor.supervisoreditor: Biehl, Peter F.
dc.contributor.orcidGreenfield, Tina L [0000-0003-1826-1842]
dc.identifier.eissn1932-6203
pubs.funder-project-idUniversity of Saskatchewan (2278)
pubs.funder-project-idSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2278-0018)
cam.issuedOnline2022-06-15


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