Analysis of the Faunal Remains at Shangjing city site, Inner Mongolia (2013 excavation)

Author(s): Yu Han

Year: 2017


The Shangjing city site is located on the boundary between agricultural and herding subsistence economies in the Western Liao River Basin, eastern Inner Mongolia. The site was used as the Upper capital in the Liao Dynasty (A.D 916 - A.D. 1125) and the Northern capital city in the Jin Dynasty (A.D. 1115 - A.D. 1234). In 2013, several burials in the Liao and Jin Periods were unearthed, and more than 36,000 faunal remains, including bones and teeth, were collected systematically. Although Liao and Jin are regarded as very important Iron Age dynasties in Northern China, there have only been a few zooarchaeological studies of the two periods; and their subsistence patterns are still unclear. This study explores the faunal remains excavated at Shangjing city in 2013 using morphological, isotopic and ancient DNA analyses to increase the zooarchaeological data in this area as well as to address the relationships between humans and animals in the Liao and Jin Dynasties.

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Analysis of the Faunal Remains at Shangjing city site, Inner Mongolia (2013 excavation). Yu Han. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432039)


Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15753