Novel Uses of Wild Faunal Resources at Transitional Middle-Late Bronze Age Tell Atchana

in Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology
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At the boundary between the Middle and Late Bronze ages, major cultural shifts were taking place at the ancient city of Alalakh, Tell Atchana in Hatay, Turkey. New data from the excavations directed by K. Aslıhan Yener at Tell Atchana, ancient Alalakh, have augmented the sequence revealed by C.L. Woolley for the transitional Middle Bronze ii - Late Bronze i, a period of marked political instability with signs of repeated destructions and rapid change in material culture at Alalakh. The preliminary results of new ceramic and zooarchaeological analyses show a distinct surge in wild taxa in local consumption profiles and a changeover to crushed shell as the primary temper in local cookware. The possible interpretations of these trends are discussed in the context of archaeological and historical information about this important and poorly known period in the history of the ancient Near East.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener

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