New paper on EB fauna from Safi!

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

A paper discussing the Early Bronze Age faunal remains from the Area E excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath has just appeared (see link to the paper here).

The full title is:

Greenfield, H. J., Brown, A., Shai, I., and Maeir, A. M. 2016. Preliminary Analysis of the Fauna from the Early Bronze Age III Neighbourhood at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel. Pp. 170–92 in Bones and Identity: Archaeozoological Approaches to Reconstructing Social and Cultural Landscapes in Southwest Asia, eds. N. Marom, R. Yeshurun, L. Weissbrod and G. Bar-Oz. Oxford: Oxbow.

Here is the abstract:

Burials of domestic asses appear in the Early Bronze Age (EBA) of the Near East, yet there is little understanding of the nature and importance of such burials. Usually, they are treated relatively simplistically as the remains of adored pets (if carefully interred) or sick animals who have lost their usefulness (e.g. as beasts of burden). Also, the relationship between the burials…

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