“Mesolithic hunter-gatherers definitely had dogs, but they did not practice agriculture and did not have pigs, sheep, goats or cows, all of which were introduced to Europe with incoming farmers about 6000 BC,” said Ben Krause-Kyora, the lead author of the new study, in a news release. “Having people who practiced a very different survival strategy nearby must have been odd, and we know now that the hunter-gatherers possessed some of the farmers’ domesticated pigs.”
In this latest study, the researchers examined the possibility of hunter-gatherers gaining domestic pigs. They analyzed the DNA from the bones and teeth of 63 pigs from Northern Germany. This showed them that hunter-gatherers acquired domesticated pigs of varying size and coat color.
At least the story here doesn’t differentiate between hunting/stealing domesticated pigs and actually owning them and allowing them to propagate. I imagine this would show up in the age distributions of the pig populations although there’d be a lot of mess to deal with. They could easily have acquired them on as “as needed” basis from the agriculturalists — “Give us a few pigs and we’ll give you a few deer skins” — and you’d probably get a fairly narrow age range (ca. 1 year). Be neat to see how this pans out.