Birds from the Old East Slavic settlement “Igren 8” (12th–13th century AD; Ukraine)

  • L. V. Gorobets Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University
  • I. V. Matlaev National Museum of Natural History at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Keywords: avifauna, game bird, archeornitology, Medieval, Old Rus'


The work presents the results of the analysis of a species diversity of the Old East Slavic settlement “Igren 8”(Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine). The settlement occupied the area of nearly 15 hawhich was relatively large for this region. In Medieval period around the mouths of tributaries to the delta of the Dnieperdense forests were located, although the region is located in the south forest-steppe zone and the steppe zone. The majority of hunted birds belong to the group Anatidae (at least 72% of the minimum possible number of individuals). Poultry played the minor role in the diet of the residents of the medieval settlement “Igren 8”. We have drawn the conclusion about birds from “Igren 8”inhabiting water with thickets of the hygrophyte vegetation on the periphery. Nowadays, there are many embryophytes such as Phragmites australis, Typha spp., Glyceria maxima, Acorus calamus and others in these places. Hygrophytes covering of reservoirs is typically less than 20%.


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