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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Publication details for Professor Mike Church

Arge, S.V., Church, M.J. & Brewington, S. (2009). Pigs in the Faroe Islands: An ancient facet of the islands’ paleoeconomy. Journal of the North Atlantic 2: 19-32.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper discusses the evidence for pig husbandry in the Faroes during the Norse and early Medieval periods.
The evidence from zooarchaeology, biomolecular archaeology and place-name evidence is reviewed, proposing that the keeping of pigs was an important part of the early paleoeconomy of the islands.