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Feasting on fore-limbs: conspicuous consumption and identity in later prehistoric Britain

Madgwick, Richard and Mulville, Jacqueline 2015. Feasting on fore-limbs: conspicuous consumption and identity in later prehistoric Britain. Antiquity 89 (345) , pp. 629-644. 10.15184/aqy.2015.24

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Abstract

The discovery in Llanmaes, South Wales, of a large midden dating from the Early Iron Age provided an opportunity to deepen our understanding of feasting in late prehistoric Britain. But the dominance of right fore-limbs of pigs in the faunal assemblage has raised questions about the social processes represented by this activity. The evidence suggests a move away from conspicuous consumption by an Early Iron Age elite towards a more community-focused event designed to galvanise social relations at a time when the breakdown of bronze exchange networks was challenging the social order.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Antiquity Publications
ISSN: 0003-598X
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 11:42
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/65962

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