The bone tools from the cave of the treasure in Nahal Mishmar

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Among the rich and varied Chalcolithic artifacts from the Cave of the Treasure at Nahal Mishmar are several bone tools which are presented here. The bone tools seem to represent domestic types, commonly utilized for multiple daily tasks. They include bone points and spatulae resembling other bone tool assemblages from Chalcolithic settlements. The tools were fabricated from gazelle and caprine tibiae and metapodials using abrasive methods and sometimes scraping. There is one case of re-sharpening, but other than that the tools display rather short life histories, being lightly used and haphazardly discarded. Whereas the simple, practical and low-investment objects present a stark contrast to the extravagance of the treasure discovered in the cave their presence accords well with that of numerous other mundane artifacts found at the site.
Translated title of the contributionכלי העצם ממערת המטמון בנחל משמר
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-247
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Israel Prehistoric Society
StatePublished - 2014

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Bone implements
  • Coin hoards
  • Copper age
  • Eretz Israel -- Antiquities -- To Biblical period, 1200 B.C
  • Mishmar River (Israel)
  • ארץ ישראל -- ארכיאולוגיה -- לפני תקופת המקרא (עד 2200 לפנה"ס)
  • כלי עצם עתיקים
  • מטמונים
  • נחל משמר
  • תקופה כלכוליתית


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