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Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas XIII: Proceedings of the Thi

Edited by Julie Daujat, Angelos Hadjikoumis, Rémi Berthon


Southwest Asia is at the epicenter of zooarchaeological research on pivotal changes in human history such as animal domestication and the emergence of social complexity. This volume continues the long tradition of the ASWA conference series in publishing new research results in the zooarchaeology of southwest Asia and adjacent areas. The book is organized in three thematic areas. The first presents new methodological tools and approaches in the study of animal remains exemplified through studies on domestication, butchery practices, microdebris, intrasite contextual comparisons and age-at-death recording. Besides offering interesting insights into our past, these methodological developments enable higher resolution for future research. The second section focuses on the subsistence economies of prehistoric and early complex societies and provides new insights into how animal management developed in southwest Asia. The third section includes intriguing new research results on the roles of animals in the symbolic world of ancient societies, such as the meaning of insect figures at Göbekli Tepe, animal cults in Egypt, feasting in Iron Age Oman, and the ornithological interpretation of Byzantine mosaics. 

Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas XIII: Proceedings of the Thi

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    Archaeobiology vol. 3

    xii + 290 pages

    8.5 x 11 inches

    978-1-948488-29-7 (hardcover)

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    July 1, 2022

  • Table of Contents

    Editors' Preface


    Part 1: Methodological Approaches to Faunal Analysis in the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas


    1.1. Assessing Changes in Animal Mobility and Activity Patterns During Early Stages of Domestication and Husbandry of Capra: Tell Halula as a Case Study (Euphrates Valley, Syria) Roger Alcàntara Fors, Josep Fortuny, Miquel Molist Montaña, Carlos Tornero, Maria Saña Seguí
    1.2. Pigs in Between: Pig Husbandry in the Late Neolithic in Northern Mesopotamia Max Price
    1.3. Stable Isotope Evidence for Animal Husbandry Practices at Prehistoric Monjukli Depe, Southern Turkmenistan Jana Eger, Corina Knipper, Norbert Benecke
    1.4. The Butchered Faunal Remains from Nahal Tillah, an Early Bronze Age I Egypto-Levantine Settlement in the Southern Levant Jeremy A. Beller, Haskel J. Greenfield, Thomas E. Levy
    1.5. Sweating the Small Stuff: Microdebris Analysis at Tell eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath, Israel Annie Brown, Haskel J. Greenfield, Aren M. Maeir
    1.6. Bad Contexts, Nice Bones — and Vice Versa? Günther Karl Kunst, Herbert Böhm, Rainer Maria Czichon
    1.7. Animal Exploitation and Community Behavior at a Middle Bronze Age Village on Cyprus Mary C. Metzger, Elizabeth Ridder, Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch, Steven E. Falconer, Patricia L. Fall
    1.8. Old Dentitions and Young Post-crania: Sheep Burials in the Ptolemaic–Early Roman Animal Necropolis at Syene/Upper Egypt Ursula R. Mutze, Wolfgang Müller, Mariola Hepa, Joris Peters
    1.9. Osseous Artifacts from the Late Iron Age Site of Kale–Krševica (Southern Serbia): Seasons 2013–2016 Selena Vitezović, Ivan Vranić


    Part 2: Subsistence Economies of Early and Late Complex Societies in Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas


    2.1. Exploring Ubaid-Period Agriculture in Northern Mesopotamia: The Fifth-Millennium BC Animal Remains from Tell Ziyadeh, Syria Scott J. Rufolo
    2.2. Animal Bones from the 2009–2012 Excavations at the Early Bronze Age Site of Shengavit, Yerevan, Armenia: A First Look Pam J. Crabtree, Jennifer Piro
    2.3. Animal Economy at Karkemish from the Late Bronze to the Iron Age: A Preliminary Assessment Elena Maini, Antonio Curci
    2.4. The Subsistence Economy of a Highland Settlement in the Zagros during the Bronze and Iron Ages: The Case of Gūnespān (Hamadan, Iran) Sarieh Amiri, Marjan Mashkour, Azadeh F. Mohaseb, Reza Naseri
    2.5. Animal Exploitation in the Samarkand Oasis (Uzbekistan) at the Time of the Arab Conquest: Zooarchaeological Evidence from the Excavations at Kafir Kala Eleonora Serrone, Elena Maini, Antonio Curci, Simone Mantellini, Amriddin E. Berdimuradov


    Part 3: Beyond Subsistence: Animals in the Symbolic World of Southwest Asia and Adjacent Areas


    3.1. Emerging Bees: Identification and Possible Meanings of Insect Figures at Göbekli Tepe Sebastian Walter, Norbert Benecke
    3.2. The Cult of Horus and Thoth: A Study of Egyptian Animal Cults in Theban Tombs 11, 12, and –399– Salima Ikram, Megan Spitzer
    3.3. Animals and Ceremonies: New Results from Iron Age Husn Salut (Sultanate of Oman) Laura Strolin, Jacqueline Struder, Michele Degli Esposti
    3.4. Ornithological Interpretation of the Sixth-Century AD Byzantine Mosaics from Tall Bī‛a, Syria Gábor Kalla, Lásló Bartosiewicz


    Subject Index

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