There was a presentation at the 2010 Animal Palaeopathology Working Group meeting that may be of interest:
Tim Newfield - Disease outbreaks among cattle in medieval Europe: a survey of the written evidence and future directions.
The abstract booklet can be downloaded from here http://www.apwg.supanet.com/olympus.htm
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Tel: 02392 856789
Fax: 02392 856701
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From: Analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Annelise Binois
Sent: 23 November 2011 13:52
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Subject: [ZOOARCH] Epizootic mortality?
I am a French PhD student and a former veterinarian, and have just started my thesis research on the subject of <the archaeology of epizootics> (if that last word exists in English), in which I hope to demonstrate the existence of animal mass mortality on archaeological sites and to develop a framework for the interpretation of farm animal carcass accumulations.
This subject pertains to a very long period, from the early Neolithic to the late 19th century, but shall be limited to the study of continental France.
This field is quite new to French zooarchaeologists, and I am almost definite nobody has yet published anything on the subject in France. This may however not be the case in other countries...
This is why I appeal to your collective knowledge and wisdom : have any of you worked on the subject of epizootics, or of anything approaching? Do you know of any archaeological publications that relate to the topic? Do you know of any sites for which an epizootic has been suggested to explain a deposit of whole carcasses? Any insights on the question are also quite welcome.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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