3-7 Jun 2019 Barcelona (Spain)

By author > Dilbaryan Kim

A Tick remains from Areni-1 (Birds' Cave), Armenia
Noushig Zarikian  1@  , Boris Gasparyan  2, *@  , Kim Dilbaryan * @
1 : Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
Teryan,1 26th h. Yerevan, Armenia -  Armenia
2 : Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, NAS, RA
* : Corresponding author

Ticks have been never participated in archaeological analytic studies.

Here, we present the discovery of a tick from the finds of Systematic archaeological excavations at Areni-1 cave in the Republic of Armenia.

The well-preserved tick Rhipicephalus bursa  provides important information about the prevailing ecology during the periods of habitation and usage of the cave by Late Chalcolithic and Medieval inhabitants and supports previous hypotheses, that ticks were a potential source of disease for human and other mammals especially cattle, sheep, horse and dog. This discovery has health, behavioural and ecological implications for the people that occupied the cave.



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