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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

Research Postgraduates

Publication details for Professor Peter Rowley-Conwy

Rowley-Conwy, P. & Zeder, M. (2014). Wild Boar or Domestic Pigs? Response to Evin et al. World Archaeology 46(5): 835-840.

Author(s) from Durham


We continue to contest the claim by Evin et al. (2014) that Rosenhof E24 and other Mesolithic pigs were domestic. E24’s mixture of ‘wild’ and ‘domestic’ traits is best explained as indicating a behaviourally wild boar with some domestic ancestry. The fascinating complexities of this situation should not be downplayed in favour of a simplified, more newsworthy (but probably incorrect) conclusion.


Special Issue: Debates in World Archaeology