Silvia Albizuri

Silvia Albizuri
University of Barcelona | UB · Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology

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January 1987 - February 2016
University of Barcelona
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Cattle was one of the main species raised by the first Neolithic farmers in the Iberian Peninsula. In most of the sites, domestic Caprines were the basis of the economy, with cattle being a complement. However, there were some exceptions, especially in open-air settlements, where bovines were the main species bred. This is the case of the necropoli...
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Domestication of horses fundamentally transformed long-range mobility and warfare¹. However, modern domesticated breeds do not descend from the earliest domestic horse lineage associated with archaeological evidence of bridling, milking and corralling2–4 at Botai, Central Asia around 3500 bc³. Other longstanding candidate regions for horse domestic...
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Can Roqueta has provided a large number of equid and dog assemblages from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. An analysis of the stable isotopes δ13C and δ15N in 42 bone samples has made it possible to reconstruct the diet of domestic equids. The results and carpological remains show that the territory was managed for agricultural and pastur...
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Natural and worked astragali or knuckle bones dating from the Neolithic are common finds in Eurasia and are usually thought to be related with gaming, divination or protection. Knuckle bones/astragali (N = 549) and imitations (N = 11) were found in 27 of the 158 tombs that have been studied in theEl Poblado necropolis, Murcia, Southeast Spain (four...
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The analysis of stable isotopes in bone collagen allows us to infer the diet of the animals studied. This dataset consists of isotopic signatures (δ13C and δ15N) obtained by isotope ratio mass spectrometry from the skeletal remains of 42 equines (horse, ass and their hybrids) from the Can Roqueta site (Sabadell, Northeast Iberian Peninsula). Their...
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We studied 36 dogs (Canis familiaris) from the Can Roqueta site in the Catalan pre-littoral depression (Barcelona), dated between the Late Bronze Age and the First Iron Age (1300 and 550 cal BC). We used a sample of 27 specimens to analyse the evolution of the dogs’ diet based on the carbon δ13C and nitrogen δ15N isotope composition. The results sh...
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The first remains of domestic chicken (Gallus gallus) documented in the Can Roqueta site (Barcelona, Spain) are presented. Two individuals of the First Iron Age have been located in two structures of the Can Roqueta-Can Revella sector. They are the oldest radiocarbon evidence of this bird of Asian origin in the northeast of Iberian Peninsula. On th...
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l’Associació Catalana de Bioarqueologia i la Fundació Alícia van convocar, el novembre de 2014, una jornada destinada a donar a conèixer l’estat actual dels coneixements sobre la història de l’alimentació al nordest de la Peninsula Ibèrica abans de l’època medieval, basats en les restes vegetals i animals que apareixen en els jaciments arqueològics...
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This study focuses on the role of faunal remains in funerary rituals in the Middle Neolithic necropolis of Bòbila Madurell (Sant Quirze del Vallès, Barcelona) (“Madurell Sur” and “Madurell Ferrocarril” sectors). Faunal remains recovered in these burials a priori inform about the different uses of animals in funerary rituals. Complete and partial an...
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Findings of canid remains in graves at different sites in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula are evidence of a widespread funerary practice that proliferated between the end of the 3rd and the 2nd millennium BC, in particular, in the Early-Middle Bronze Age contexts. The discovery of four foxes and a large number of dogs at the sites of Can Roq...
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KEYWORDS: ZOOARCHAEOLOGY, ANIMAL SACRIFICES, SYMBOLS OF FERTILITY, IBERIAN CULTURE Faunal remains and materials of the C9 silo of Can Feu (2nd century BC) are analyzed. The archaeo­zoological study is carried out with the purpose of interpreting the function of this structure, within the set of other two very close and chronologically coeval. The...
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This article reports the results of a zooarchaeological study (including, mortality profiles, and anatomical and pathological descriptions) of the Early Iron Age (8th-6th c. BCE) equid remains at the Can Roqueta site (Sabadell, Barcelona), together with the first strontium isotope results to determine their geographical origin. The zooarchaeologica...
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Horse domestication revolutionized warfare and accelerated travel, trade, and the geographic expansion of languages. Here, we present the largest DNA time series for a non-human organism to date, including genome-scale data from 149 ancient animals and 129 ancient genomes (≥1-fold coverage), 87 of which are new. This extensive dataset allows us to...
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In this article, a zooarchaeological and isotopic analysis is presented for 26 dog exemplars (Canis familiaris). These dogs were deposited in burial and ceremonial structures in the northeastern Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Neolithic, within the Pit Grave cultural horizon (ca. 4200–3600 cal BC). Four archaeological sites of the Catalonian co...
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Findings of canid remains in graves at different sites in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula are evidence of a widespread funerary practice that proliferated between the end of the 3rd and the 2nd millennium BC, in particular, in the Early-Middle Bronze Age contexts. The discovery of four foxes and a large number of dogs at the sites of Can Roq...
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The unpublished data of the domestic fauna of four sites of the Late Bronze Age (1100-700 cal BC) and the first Iron Age (700-550 cal BC) in the Empordà and the Selva (Girona), are presented. The settlements studied are: Mas Gusó, Bàscara (Camp Gran-Camp d’en Pitu Porrusia) and Sant Martí d'Empúries (cala 9000, 1998 campaign) in the Empordà, and Ma...
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Primer volumen de una obra que nace como resultado de cuatro años de investigación desarrollados bajo el proyecto «Aproximación a las primeras comunidades neolíticas del NE peninsular a través de sus prácticas funerarias» (HAR2011-23149), financiado por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Un amplio equipo, formado por 95 investigadores proc...
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In the municipality of Serinyà (Pla de l'Estany, Girona), a number of archaeological and palaeontological sites are concentrated, with records ranging from the end of the Middle Pleistocene to the Holocene. Within the Pleisto-cene record, felids (Felidae) are not frequent, but almost all possible species are present: the cave lion (Panthera spelaea...
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In this work, we study the bone remains from 32 equid individuals, dated among 3rd-2nd centuries BC. They were deposited, sometimes the complete carcass, in diverse pits from Serrat dels Epinyers, a site related with production and storage of crop surplus, close to the place where the roman town of Aeso was built. The morphometric study has been do...
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Durante la intervención arqueológica realizada con carácter de urgencia en el núcleo urbano de Lorca, se excavaron una veintena de estructuras funerarias de incineración ibéricas entre las que destacó la que aquí estudiamos por su carácter excepcional. Se trata de una fosa datada a finales del siglo IV a C. que contenía un vaso cinerario atípico, d...
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No presente trabalho incluem-se os achados de equídeos domésticos na zona meridional da Catalunha, localizados em jazidas correspondentes à primeira Idade do Ferro (3nal do século VIII até o início do século VI a.C.). Os locais estudados são caracterizados por uma presença significativa de materiais de origem fenícia e também por serem os primeiros...
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This burial with the horse bones increases the small number of inhu-mations of First Iron Age in the Peninsula and particularly in Catalonia, where the funerary norm is incineration. The horse carries great symbolic meaning in human cultures and the deliberate choice of a horse at the age of seven, in its prime as a riding or driving animal, would...
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Funerary structures recorded in Catalonia from the end of the 5th to the middle of the 4th millennia most often consist of inhumations of a single individual accompanied by various grave goods. Though animal remains and objects made from them are not especially abundant, the large number of excavated funerary structures has provided vertebrate faun...
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The authors of this paper has been investigating for years the Neolithic funerary contexts of the culture known as “Sepulcros de Fosa”, in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Here we present the results obtained from the study of the grave goods usually found in the burials of this cultural group. Ceramic vessels were generally placed in the gr...
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The results of analyses of wild animals in various funerary structures from Sector II of Can Roqueta (Early-Middle Bronze Age) in Catalonia arepresented in this article. In general, animal deposits in a funerary context provide an approach to the study of ritual activity and beliefs, especiallyin agro-pastoral communities where domestic animals are...
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The study of grave goods, including animal deposits, offers a deeper understanding of social issues. This paper presents the results of the analysis of human and animal bone samples from the Iberian necropolis of El Poblado, Murcia. The examination focusses on 18 deposits of ovicaprids radii and ulnae, mostly of the left side, that were derived fro...
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The excavation in Isona during 2009-2010 led to the discovery of the Iberian and ibero-roman silos field of Serrat dels Espinyers. This new site, which should be related to the origins and former settlement of the Roman city Aeso, joins other interventions nearby unpublished or recently published as Llirians del Mas/Les Torres (Salàs de Pallars), f...
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The archaeological evidence for equestrianism in Early Iron Age (Catalonia, Spain). The example of Can Roqueta (Sabadell, Vallès Occidental). Studies of the phenomenon of horse burial and of horse equipment, for the Early Iron Age period on the Catalonia in NE Spain, have demonstrated that equestrianism was an important attribute of elites in thes...
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Serrat dels Espinyers is an important site within the little known Iberian culture settlement of the Pallars area in Catalonia. Regarding the use of animals in ritual activities, related to both domestic and funerary spaces, the data provided by this site are unique within the Catalan archaeology. The results obtained in the analysis of animal bone...
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This paper describes the pathologies on the spinal column of two dogs retrieved in ritual pits from the Early Bronze Age (2.300-1.300 cal BC) at the site of Can Roqueta II (Sabadell, Barcelona). The X-ray analyses reveal both a thickening and bending of the neural processes of some dorsal and lumbar vertebrae consistent with reactive musculo-skelet...
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This paper describes the pathologies on the spinal column of two dogs retrieved in ritual pits from the Early Bronze Age (2.300-1.300 cal BC) at the site of Can Roqueta II (Sabadell, Barcelona). The X-ray analyses reveal both a thickening and bending of the neural processes of some dorsal and lumbar vertebrae consistent with reactive musculo-skelet...
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The animal deposits studied in the Iberian settlement of Ca N’Oliver (Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona), amongst which goats and sheep (Ovies aries and Capra hircus) predominate, although a number of hens (Gallus gallus) and two dogs (Canis familiaris) have also been identified, follow stereotyped patterns that allow this domestic ritual tendency b...
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The research aims to show that animal sacrifice is a universal response to death, with slight differences that probably reflect cultural and sociocultural adjustments. The results show that children, women and men were buried together in a very similar ceremony and accompanied by animals. Sheep and goats, cows, pigs and dogs are the best-represent...
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Este trabajo se centra en las evidencias económicas documentadas en Cataluña entre el 2300 y el 600 aC y en su incidencia sobre los cambios sociales detectados durante la edad del Bronce y la primera edad del Hierro. Se ha partido de un conjunto amplio de datos sobre la actividad agropecuaria y metalúgica de las poblaciones asentadas en el territor...
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Studies of the phenomenon of horse burial and of horse equipment, for the Early Iron Age period on the Catalonia in NE Spain, have demonstrated that equestrianism was an important attribute of elites in these regions. Uno de los rasgos definidores de la economía de las poblaciones de Europa Occidental durante el final de la Edad del Bronce y la pr...
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Case study: old mare, height to the withers 120,3 cm (factors MAY) Site: Can Roqueta II (Barcelona, Spain) Chronology: 725-575 BC Location: inhumation from pit CRII 811, complete horse skeleton in anatomical connection Pathologies and their diagnosis: Possible use as draught (exostosis in the glenoid cavity of the scapula and on the palmaro-medial...
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Este informe se realiza para poder medir los isótopos estables en las especies animales recuperadas y obtener datos sobre la alimentación humana en el conchero de Cabeço das Moreiras (S. Romão do Sado, Alcácer do Sal, Vale do Sado). Las especies documentadas denotan una explotación del medio circundante del estuario del rio Sado, sobre todo de los...
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En el presente trabajo se realiza un análisis de la alimentación de origen cárnico a lo largo del Ier milenio a. C. en Cataluña. Por un lado, seexponen los diferentes registros faunísticos de estas comunidades, y también se compara el consumo de animales domésticos respecto al deanimales salvajes. Uno de los objetivos prioritarios ha sido el de inf...
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En aquest treball es comparen materials arqueològics recuperats en contextos de consum i manipulació d’aliments, tant domèstics com funeraris, per tal de definir clarament aquelles pautes que poden ser susceptibles d’ésser considerades rituals de les que no ho són. Només si som capaços d’aconseguir definir amb un mínim d’exactitud en què consisteix...
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La excepcional recuperación de tres restos de oso pardo en tres estructuras de la primera Edad del Hierro del yacimiento de Can Roqueta, Sector Can Revella, nos llevó a realizar este trabajo de documentación sobre la evidencia de la captura y aprovechamiento del gran carnívoro en un yacimiento del Holoceno catalán. Los restos aparecieron mezclados...
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Este yacimiento fechado al final de la Edad del Bronce (1300-1250 cal BC), estáasituado sobre un pequeño promontorio desde donde se controla un área amplia del Valle del Segre. Los restos de construcciones en piedra señalan varios espacios de habitación y trabajo y una torre de defensa. La cerámica recuperada se relaciona con la tradición de los Ca...
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Ganaderia y Alimentación durante la primera Edad del Hierro. Analysis of the skeletal and dental remains revealed differences in livestock and diet of two protohistoric communities located in the river Ebro delta.
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En este trabajo nos planteamos la interpretación de los restos faunísticos hallados en tres poblados del NE de la Península Ibérica con distinta ubicación geográfica. El objetivo es vincular las costumbres alimentarias de origen animal con el medio circundante. Se estudian tres comunidades ibéricas coetáneas: Ca n’Olivé (Cerdanyola, Barcelona), La...
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"El planteamiento de este trabajo se produjo ante la escasez de datos sobre las alteraciones que acusa el tejido óseo tras su exposición a focos de calor. Todo el proceso práctico se llevó a cabo en el Laboratori de l'Institut del Foc de los Bomberos de Barcelona, donde obtuvimos la infraestructura necesaria para el desarrollo, y al que aprovechamo...
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Silvia Albizuri Canadell, Jordi Nadal Lorenzo 1993, Pyrenae 24: 79-85 El jaciment de la Caserna de Sant Pau (Barcelona) presenta dos moments d'ocupació prehistorica. la primera correspon a les etapes inicials del neolític, la segona a l'Edat del Bronze. En aquest treball exposem l'estudi arqueozoologic de les restes recuperades. El conjunt es cara...
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The study of a horse is derived from detailed analysis of graves-silo in Early Iron Age in Catalonia, Spain. The silo E-10 contains a complete horse skeleton and remains of a women.
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Analysis of animal bones found at Poblat Iberic de Burriac (s I. BC).
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Study of animal remains found at iberian silos at the Elisenda Street site (Sant Cugat del Valles. Barcelona Spain).
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First approach to the archaeological excavation of Elisenda Iberian Silos (Sant Cugat del Valles. Barcelona. Spain). Archaeological material description.
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Etudy of the animal remains found in the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Silos (First Iron Age)

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