Did they keep animals at the Biskupin fortress in the Iron Age?
The people of Biskupin cultivated land, about 150–200 ha. For this, they used oxen and cows. Within the Biskupin settlements, lots of bones of domesticated animals were found. They kept cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and dogs. The cattle was fairly small, the sheep were about 60 cm high at the shoulder – pretty normal in our eyes. The pigs were large: 90 cm and grazed in open areas and in the beech and oak forest. The horses they used were tarpan horses, like a pony. Many of the bones found at Biskupin have traces of dogs’ teeth on them.
This question was answered by:
Wojciech Piotrowski, Muzeum Archeologiczne w Biskupinie (PL)