A zooarchaeological investigation of elite precincts from two major Middle Bronze Age sites in the Galilee region of northern Israel, Tel Hazor and Tel Kabri, was conducted with the aim of revealing differences in the animal economy between them. The results indicate that the elites of the polity of Hazor were strict consumers who exerted economic demands on the surrounding hinterlands and relied on specialized sheep herding. In Tel Kabri, by contrast, there is evidence that the Middle Bronze Age palace elites were engaged in locally based pastoral production as well as extensive utilization of diverse habitats around the settlement. These differences are ascribed to micro-regional differences in the hinterlands of the ancient polities. The dyadic relations between the economic and ecological gateway roles of Middle Bronze Age Hazor and Kabri are discussed.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research|
|State||Published - May 2014|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The study was partially supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant 52/10 [for GB-O] and Grant 848/10), the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, and the Zinman Institute of Archaeology.
© 2014 American Schools of Oriental Research.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies