The bird remains from WF16, an early Neolithic settlement in southern Jordan: Assemblage composition, chronology and spatial distribution

Judith White, Bill Finlayson, Cheryl Makarewicz, Fares Khoury, Ben Greet, Steven Mithen

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Abstract

Excavations at the early Neolithic settlement of WF16 in Faynan, southern Jordan, 11.84–10.24 ka BP, recovered 17,700 bird bones, of which 7808 could be identified to at least family level. Sixty-three different bird taxa are present from 18 families, representing a mix of resident and migrant birds, based on present-day ecology. We describe the settlement context for the assemblage, its taxonomic composition, spatial and chronological distribution, identifying its similarities and differences to avian assemblages from broadly contemporary sites in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1045
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes

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© 2021 The Authors. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • bird bones
  • chronology
  • distribution
  • Faynan
  • Jordan
  • Neolithic
  • WF16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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