A Pilot Study in Odontochronology for the Pig Domestication Question in North-Central China
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 590–599, September/October 2013
How to Cite
Pike-Tay, A. and Ma, X. (2013), A Pilot Study in Odontochronology for the Pig Domestication Question in North-Central China. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 23: 590–599. doi: 10.1002/oa.1287
- Issue published online: 7 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 4 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 4 JAN 2011
- pig domestication;
- Chinese Neolithic;
- ageing techniques;
In this paper, we report results of the pilot study in which we apply skeletochronological analysis of teeth to a collection of modern Chinese wild boar (Sus scrofa) of known age and date of death. This is the first time that odontochronology has been applied to suids in China. This work allowed us to establish parameters for subsequent analysis of a limited number of Neolithic-aged Sus (wild boar and possible early domesticated pig) samples from Henan Province. The goal of the research is to contribute to the ongoing reconstruction of Neolithic dietary, health and economic patterns along the Yellow River. Our results are encouraging in that regular seasonal growth patterning is observed in the northern control sample, which is from the same region as our archaeological investigation. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.