Meat on the hoof: A zooarchaeological and isotopic investigation of herd management at Khirbet Summeily in the Iron Age
Mississippi State University
Hardin, James W.
Miller, D. Shane
Date of Degree
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures
Khirbet Summeily is an early Iron Age II site located northwest of Tell el-Hesi in Southern Israel. Excavations sponsored by the Cobb Institute of Archaeology have revealed a large structure with a potential ritual space dated to the Iron Age IIA (ca. 1000-980/850 B.C.E.). Recent interpretations suggest the site was integrated into a regional economic and political system and functioned as a potential administrative outpost based on the material culture and architecture recovered from the Iron Age IIA layers. This thesis presents the carbon, oxygen, and strontium isotopic analyses of intra-tooth samples from ovicaprine and cattle remains to test herd management strategies in connection to administrative and cultic provisioning activities. The animal remains are used as proxies to identify political and economic ties through herd management patterns. These results will test the hypothesis that Khirbet Summeily was an administrative outpost integrated into a larger political and/or economic network.
Larson, Kara Marie, "Meat on the hoof: A zooarchaeological and isotopic investigation of herd management at Khirbet Summeily in the Iron Age" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 3041.