Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel
A Zooarchaeological Perspective on Livestock Exploitation, Herd Management and Economic Strategies
Animals have been used to human advantage for thousands of years. 'Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel' presents an analysis of caprines and cattle husbandry in the Southern Levantine Bronze and Iron Age. The book employs key methodological approaches - comparative analysis, taphonomy, Geographic Information System spatial analysis, and ethnographic studies - to challenge prevalent views on the Southern Levantine ancient economy. 'Animal Husbandry in Ancient Israel' argues that the key concern of nomadic, rural and urban populations was survival - the common household maintained a self-sufficient economy - rather than profit, specialization or trade. The book will be of value to all those interested in the dynamic relationship between humans and animals in ancient Israel.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction|2. A Comparative Perspective: The Survival Subsistence Strategy - Animal Husbandry and Economic Strategies in the Bronze and Iron Age|3. The Faunal Remains from Tel Beer-Sheba, Stratum II|4. A Spatial Perspective: Controlling Space and the Zooarchaeological Record - a GIS Spatial Analysis of Faunal Remains in Stratum II, Tel Beer-Sheba|5. A Sagittal Perspective: Taphonomic Study of Tel Sites - A Case Study from Tel Beer-Sheba|6. An Ethnographic Perspective: Animal Husbandry and Human Diet - Ethnographic Study of Premodern Villages in Mandatory Palestine|7. Conclusions