Volume 6, Issue 1, June 2018, Page: 18-22
The Malacological Evidence of Animal Remains from the Areni-1 Cave, Armenia
Noushig Zarikian, Depatment of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
Laura Arutyunova, Department of Invertebrates and Soil Zoology, Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydro-Ecology, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
Boris Gasparyan, Department of Armenia’s Early Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
Received: Mar. 28, 2018;       Accepted: Apr. 12, 2018;       Published: May 8, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ija.20180601.13      View  853      Downloads  40
Abstract
Systematic archaeological excavations at Areni-1 cave in the Republic of Armenia provided rich archaeozoological remains, among of which a large collection of water and terrestrial mollusks remains in different preserving degree (Phylum Mollusca) was separated. The recorded species mainly belong to the class Gastropoda (9 families, 8 genera, 8 species), which provide important information about the prevailing ecology during the periods of habitation and usage of the cave by Late Chalcolithic and Medieval inhabitants. The archaeological and zoological evidence could suggest a possible occurrence of rodents and birds, which are predators feeding on land mollusks. Finally, snail assemblages of Areni-1 cave suggest, that the climate regimes, vegetation and environment are similar to the present.
Keywords
Mollusca Remains, Areni-1 Cave, Armenia, Archaeozoology
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Noushig Zarikian, Laura Arutyunova, Boris Gasparyan, The Malacological Evidence of Animal Remains from the Areni-1 Cave, Armenia, International Journal of Archaeology. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2018, pp. 18-22. doi: 10.11648/j.ija.20180601.13
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