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Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West$
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Jamie Kreiner

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300246292

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300246292.001.0001

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Salvaged Lands

Salvaged Lands

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Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West

Jamie Kreiner

Yale University Press

This chapter demonstrates how farmers were thinking systemically, in similar and even complementary ways to the expansive analyzing of early medieval philosophers. The wealth of bioarchaeological data that have become available in recent decades makes it possible to see how early medieval communities were entangled in their environments — and how they integrated pig husbandry into these worlds. Early medieval farms and their ecologies were diverse, entangled, and constantly changing. And the flexibility of pigs’ own bodies and minds made them an asset as humans worked to exploit and accommodate different landscapes.

Keywords:   salvage accumulation, micro-ecologies, farming, woodland, diversification, adaptation, trade, economy, pannage, taxes

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