Epipaleolithic Subsistence Strategies in the Levant

A Zooarchaeological Perspective


Knowledge of the Levantine Epipaleolithic period plays a critical role in understanding the transition from nomadic hunter-gatherer foraging groups to sedentary communities on the threshold of agriculture. In this study, Bar-Oz has clarified many aspects of the relationship between Epipaleolithic foragers and their prey. The Epipaleolithic foragers all utilized similar hunting methods, as evidenced by culling patterns they used for gazelle and fallow deer. Multivariate inter-site zooarchaeological and taphonomic research from a single geographical area and ecological setting (the coastal plain of Israel) provides important records of the Epipaleolithic cultural sequence. A wide variety of data highlights uniform patterns of cultural and economic behaviors related to food procurement and processing strategies and demonstrates cultural continuity in subsistence strategies within the Levantine Epipaleolithic sequence.

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Guy Bar-Oz, Ph.D. (2001) Tel-Aviv University, department of zoology. He holds academic degrees in zoology, ecology, and archaeology. Recently he concluded his post-doctoral research at the department of anthropology of Harvard University and is now affiliated with the department of archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel.
Archaeologists, anthropologists, and graduate students interested in subsistence activities and foraging patterns of ancient people and reconstructing their past environment from zooarchaeological and taphonomical perspectives.