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1 April 2014 Mesowear Analysis on Finnish Medieval Horses
Suvi Viranta, Kristiina Mannermaa
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Mesowear analysis is a powerful tool for paleodiet reconstruction in ungulates. In this study, we apply this method to archeological data. We conduct mesowear analysis on cheek teeth of medieval horses from the Levänluhta site in Ostrobothnia, western Finland and, for comparison, we study medieval and post-medieval horse teeth from Viljandi and Tallinn, Estonia. Our results show attrition-dominated mesowear indicating browsing diet for the medieval Levänluhta horses, while the Viljandi horses have mesowear indicating more mixed diet. Mesowear on teeth from Tallinn horses suggest primarily grazing-like abrasive diet. Differences maybe due to different diet of horses in Finland and Estonia, or may point to seasonal differences in diet and thus indicate different times of death for these horses.

© Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board 2014
Suvi Viranta and Kristiina Mannermaa "Mesowear Analysis on Finnish Medieval Horses," Annales Zoologici Fennici 51(1-2), 119-122, (1 April 2014).
Received: 19 November 2013; Accepted: 4 January 2014; Published: 1 April 2014

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