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Remains of Iron Age pork feast found in Wales

An analysis of animals bones found at a prehistoric feasting site in Wales has revealed that pork, specifically the right forequarters of the animals, was heavily featured on the menu. "Surprisingly, nearly 80% of the animal remains at Llanmaes were from pigs, at a time when sheep and cattle were the

Spain’s Iberian pig genome unchanged over five centuries

Genetic research carried out on a pig who lived in Spain during the early 16th century suggests that today pig is very closely related to the regions ancient pigs. A team of Spanish researchers have obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig

2,400-year-old baby bottle found in Italy

A terracotta pig, believed to be a baby bottle, has been found in a rock-cut tomb in Italy’s Puglia region. Known as guttus, the unique vessel dates back about 2,400 years, when the “heel” of Italy was inhabited by the Messapian people, a tribal group who migrated from Illyria (a region

Israel’s wild boars descended from Philistine-imported pigs

Genetic analysis carried out on Israel’s wild boars has revealed that the animals are descended from domesticated pigs that were imported by the Philistines 3,000 years ago. Pig bones have been found in abundance at Philistine archaeological sites along Israel's southern coastal plane dating from the beginning of the Iron Age,

Hunter-gatherers may have traded for bacon

New research suggests that hunter-gatherers in Europe may have traded with Neolithic farmers for domesticated pigs. "Humans love novelty, and though hunter-gatherers exploited wild boar, it would have been hard not to be fascinated by the strange-looking, spotted pigs owned by farmers living nearby," researcher Greger Larson at Durham University in

Pigs dig up WWII anti-tank weapon in Germany

A couple of hungry pigs in Germany have dug up a World War II anti-tank weapon. Police said Friday the two pigs found the single-shot "panzerfaust" on private land southwest of Dresden. The pigs' owner secured the animals in their stall then called police who were able to remove the

Chinese pigs direct descendants of first domesticated breeds

A DNA study has revealed that Chinese pigs are direct descendants of the first pigs to be domesticated in the area 10,000 years ago. Modern-day Chinese pigs are directly descended from ancient pigs which were the first to be domesticated in the region 10,000 years ago, a new archaeological and