Archaeoozoology

Prof. Tamar Dayan


Archaeozoological work is done in the Zoology Department of Tel Aviv University by Dr. Tamar Dayan and graduate students working under her supervision. Obviously animal bones found in ancient settlements tell us about peoples' meat-eating habits-what kinds of animals they favored, which parts they prefered, and how they disposed of refuse. A higher proportion of cattle, for example, is generally held to indicate an economy more disposed to plow farming that to sheep and goat herding. But animal bones can also tell us about seasonality of occupation, processes of domestication and types of utilization. High proportions of young male bones amongst sheep and goats for example tell us that females were allowed to live longer for milking, while males were slaughtered as soon as they reached maximum size for eating.



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