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Trotters House Sign

Price: €133.00



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The pig has a long history of connection with humans. Unlike horses, mules, and oxen, they could not pull our ploughs or carts. They gave us neither milk to drink nor wool to spin into clothing. They were of value to us for only one thing: food, for pork is rich in protein, fat, niacin, zinc, phosphorus, and other crucial minerals (see below). In times of great cold, the meat from pigs helped our ancestors survive. Thus, pigs were revered for the precious gift of their lives. Among our remote ancestors, they were not viewed as things or objects.  They were alive, highly intelligent, filled with life-force and energy. They were honoured in seasonal rituals for the gift of survival they gave our ancestors, who raised them from piglets and often loved them as pets. Recent studies of pig mitochondrial DNA reveal that instead of being domesticated only from wild boars in the Near East and Asia, as was previously thought, and then slowly spreading worldwide through human trade and migration, pigs were tamed from local wild relatives in at least seven different locations. Although the original species of wild boar originated among the islands of Southeast Asia, our first evidence for wild boar-domestication dates back 9000 years to eastern Turkey -- and some centuries later to China.  Since we have no approximate dates for other regions, experts do not know if techniques for taming wild pigs spread by word-of-mouth, or if the idea arose independently. Experts do have firm evidence, however, pointing to further Neolithic domestication arising independently in Italy, Central Europe (with Germany as the probable centre), Northern India, the Southeast Asian mainland, and Southeast Asia's islands. Thus, for example, European pigs are genetic descendants of Europe's own breed of wild boar, not Turkey's Near Eastern boar. Did ancient Europeans learn how to do this on their own? We do not know -- it is possible that Turkish migrants in Neolithic times brought the idea with them.


As with all our house signs and house plaques, we produce using only Irish limestone mostly from counties Kilkenny, Roscommon, Galway or from the Burren. All our pieces are unique because of the millions of years they have taken to form. When looking at the stone you will be amazed to see the small sea creatures in fossil form whose shells formed the limestone over countless millions of years. Thanks to those tiny creatures your house plaque holds a slice of time millions of years old making this house plaque unique and an interesting addition to your home or an interesting and unusual present for a loved one. All our Irish limestone is supplied by God and nature and worked by man.

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