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Pigs and Humans: 10,000 Years of Interaction

Umberto Albarella, Keith Dobney, Anton Ervynck, and Peter Rowley-Conwy


Pigs are one of the most iconic but also paradoxical animals ever to have developed a relationship with humans. This relationship has been a long and varied one: from noble wild beast of the forest to mass produced farmyard animal; from a symbol of status and plenty to a widespread religious food taboo; from revered religious totem to a parodied symbol of filth and debauchery. Pigs and Humans brings together some of the key scholars whose research is highlighting the role wild and domestic pigs have played in human societies around the world over the last 10,000 years. The 22 contributors co ... More

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199207046
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199207046.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Umberto Albarella, editor

Keith Dobney, editor

Anton Ervynck, editor

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Part A Evolution and Taxonomy

Part B The History of Pig Domestication and Husbandry

Part C Methodological Approaches

Part D Ethnographic Studies

Part E Pigs in Ritual and Art

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