MAS DEL PEPET
Mas del Pepet is located at 880m m.a.s.l. on the Masd'en Llort cliff, in the south section of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range.The site holds a modern constructed area attached to the rock-shelter wall where a mixed herd consisting of goats and some sheep is sheltered periodically.
Since 2014 archaeological works have been conducted at the site within an extensive research programme that experimentally replicates prehistoric fumier practices involving herding of ovicaprids and recurrent burning of residues.
The role of GeoFodder in the experimental programme is to provide high-resolution sedimentary data of modern fumier stratigraphy and compositon, with a focus on fodder. Subsequent comparison of reference and archaeological data will improve our understanding of deposit formation and artefact taphonomy.
Rock-shelter and herding installations at Mas del Pepet site.
Sampling of burnned fumier sediments.
Experimental burning at Mas del Pepet.
Images courtesy of J. M. Vergès.