The Ethnoarchaeology of pig husbandry in Sardinia and Corsica - Introduction
The aim of this project is to study surviving traditional systems of pig keeping in Sardinia and Corsica, which can help our understanding of the archaeological evidence for pig domestication and husbandry.
The project is co-directed by Umberto Albarella (Dept of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK) and Filippo Manconi (Tempio Pausania, Sardinia, Italy), but has benefited from the help of many colleagues and friends (see below for full acknowledgements).
History of the Project
The idea for this project was born as early as 1986, but a pilot ethnoarchaeological study could only be carried out in 2002. This was based in northern Sardinia and southern Corsica and was part of a larger project on the Archaeology of Pig Domestication and Husbandry funded by the AHRC. In 2005 funding from the British Academy allowed us to move the focus of our project to central Sardinia, the area where the most traditional practices and the purest local breeds still survive.
In 2014 Umberto Albarella was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship which allowed this project to be resumed. UA carried out further fieldwork in the spring of 2015, which led to the collection of more evidence, but also of additional photographic and video footage of traditional herding practices. This represented the basis of an exhibition entitled “Herding pigs, and other forms of traditional pastoralism in the Mediterranean”, which was on display at the University of Sheffield in May 2015 (as part of the Festival of Arts and Humanities, and benefiting from further financial support from the Faculty).