Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel: A Zooarchaeological Perspective on Livestock Exploitation, Herd Management and Economic Strategies

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2014-08-08
  • Publisher: Acumen Pub Ltd

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Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel demonstrates four diverse and innovative perspectives on the study of caprine and cattle husbandry in the Southern Levantine Bronze and Iron Age.

Author Biography

Aharon Sasson is a co-director of the San Diego Zooarchaeology Lab, in the Department of Birds and Mammals, San Diego Natural History Museum. He received his PhD in Zooarchaeology from Tel-Aviv University. His main research interests include animal husbandry in the Old World and New World, zooarchaeology, taphonomy and ancient economies.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Lis of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
On the zooarchaeological perspectivep. 1
The zooarchaeological research of the Bronze and Iron Age in Israel: a brief overviewp. 2
What is this book aboutp. 4
A Comparative Perspective: The Survival Subsistence Strategy-Animal Husbandry and Economy Strategies in the Bronze and Iron Agep. 6
Introductionp. 6
The survival subsistence strategyp. 10
Subsistence strategies of pastoral-nomadsp. 14
'Homo sapiens sedentus' and 'Homo sapiens nomadus'p. 23
Economic strategies of sedentistsp. 29
The survival subsistence strategy: summary and conclusionsp. 60
The Faunal Remains from Tel Beer-Sheba, Stratum IIp. 62
Methodsp. 62
Results and discussionp. 63
A Spatial Perspective: Controlling Space and the Zooarchaeological Record-A GIS Spatial Analysis of Faunal Remains in Stratum II, Tel Beer-Shebap. 74
Methods and materialsp. 75
The nature of faunal remains in archaeological sitesp. 75
Results and discussionp. 76
A Sagittal Perspective: Taphonomic Study of Tel Sites-A Case Study from Tel Beer-Shebap. 93
Introductionp. 93
the death assemblagep. 94
pre-depositional processesp. 98
post-depositional processesp. 100
the archaeological excavationp. 103
Conclusionsp. 105
An Ethnographic Perspective: Animal Husbandry and Human Diet-Ethnographic Study of Premodern Villages in Mandatory Palestinep. 108
Introductionp. 108
The research areap. 108
Methodologyp. 111
Discussionp. 114
Conclusionsp. 117
Conclusionsp. 119
The six pillars of the survival subsistence strategyp. 119
The survival subsistence strategy and the zooarchaeological perspectivep. 121
Referencesp. 124
Indexp. 146
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