Animal exploitation and subsistence on the borders of the Sasanian Empire: From the Gorgan Wall (Iran) to the Gates of Alans (Georgia)

Marjan Mashkour, Roya Khazaeli, Homa Fathi, Sarieh Amiri, Delphine Decruyenaere, Azadeh Mohaseb, Hossein Davoudi, Shiva Sheikhi, Eberhard Sauer

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Abstract

This chapter is based on recent investigations into the subsistence economy at a military fort in the northern Caucasus (in modern Georgia), in comparison with sites along the Gorgan Wall in the north-east of Iran. The latter include forts and settlements in the hinterland. These studies highlight the diversity of animal consumption during the Sasanian era, influenced by the environmental setting of the sites, general agro-pastoral practices in the study regions and different cultural traditions. In all cases, however, herded animals (sheep/goats and cattle) provided most of the animal protein, complemented by the exploitation of other resources such as poultry, fish and wild birds. The huge quantity of animal remains from Dariali Fort in Georgia and the other Sasanian-era sites presented here shed new light on animal exploitation at the frontiers of one of antiquity’s largest empires and provide a solid foundation for future archaeozoological studies in this part of the ancient world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSasanian Persia
Subtitle of host publicationBetween Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia
EditorsEberhard Sauer
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Chapter4
Pages74-96
ISBN (Electronic)9781474420686, 9781474401029
ISBN (Print)9781474401012, 9781474452304
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Studies in Ancient Persia

Keywords

  • archaeozoological studies
  • Caucasus
  • Dariali Fort
  • Gorgan Wall
  • Iran
  • Sasanian economy

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