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Por sus basuras los reconoceréis: La identificación arqueozoológica de una comunidad ḏimmí cristiana en la Qurṭuba tardoandalusí (Cercadilla, siglo XII)

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JournalArqueologia y Territorio Medieval
DateAccepted/In press - 10 May 2021
DatePublished (current) - 10 May 2021
Number of pages33
Pages (from-to)1
Original languageSpanish


This article presents the results of the zooarchae- ological analysis of the faunal material recovered from a domestic and agro-industrial unit located in the Archaeological Area of Cercadilla, in the outskirts of madinah Qurṭuba, that was inhabited during the 12th century. The data source is twofold: on the one hand, a sample of animal bones from a closed context identified as food refuse; on the other, a pierced right scallop shell from a living floor. The high frequency of pig remains indicates the consumption of pork, a behavior that implies a transgression of the main dietary rule of the Islamic orthopraxis, whereas the scallop was identified as a pilgrim shell linked to the symbolic sphere of the medieval Christian world. Both results, along with the occupational history of Cercadilla, allow to suggest the Christian identity of this community, enriching our conception of the social landscape during the late Andalusi period.

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(c) 2021 Marcos García García, Marta Moreno García, Mª del Camino Fuertes Santos, Rafael Hidalgo Prieto

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