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Applying On-Site Analysis Of Faunal Assemblages From Domestic Contexts: A Case Study From The Lower City Of Hazor

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This chapter presents the rationale and the procedures of a faunal analysis meant to explore the foodways practiced in domestic quarters in a complex stratigraphic setting, tuned to address questions of household archaeology - including diachronic and spatial socioeconomic differences between domestic units and differential use of space. Details of the field sampling procedures, the assumptions and research questions at their root are explained here at the conceptual level, setting aside many technical details of the faunal analysis itself. The chapter presents a bone recovery and analysis protocol and how it relates to various depositionary scenarios expected to have occurred at a complex site. Description of the zooarchaeological field protocol applied at the Lower City of Hazor follows as a case study, and illustrates how samples relevant to detailed zooarchaeological work may be collected and analyzed in a cost-efficient way.

Keywords: city of Hazor; faunal assemblages; faunal recovery procedures; zooarchaeological analytical procedures



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