Natalia V. Serdyuk1,*, Nikolay A. Krenke2,**, Nikita V. Zelenkov1,***, Evgeniya K. Sychevskaya1,****

1 A.A. Borissiak Paleontological Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
2 Institute of Archaeology RAS, Moscow, Russia

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Keywords: Khotyazhi, Dyakovo culture, Slavs, settlements, mammals, domestic and wild animals.

The significance of osteological collection of the Khotyazhi 1 settlement is due to that it characterizes the economy of early medieval population of the Moscow vicinity (Podmoskovye) at the initial stage of the region colonization in the 9th–11th centuries. The obtained results testify to a considerable importance of hunting and the great role of hunting prey in the meat diet. This indirectly indicates a certain period of “cultural hiatus” in Moscow vicinity between the Dyakovo culture and the period of Slavic colonization, during which populations of wild animals increased greatly. The composition of the collection of domestic animals is typical for the region’s medieval settlements, the first and second most important animals there being the cattle and the pig.

DOI: 10.31857/S086960630003395-3