Animals and ritual during the Levantine PPNB : a case study from the site of Kfar Hahoresh, Israel


en Anthropozoologica 39 (1) - Pages 165-178

Published on 30 July 2004

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal domestications: social and symbolic dimensions. Homage to Jacques Cauvin

Excavations at the site of Kfar Hahoresh (Lower Galilee, Israel), have revealed what appears to be the first PPNB cemetery in the southern Levant. It contains primary and secondary human burials and evidence of a wide range of ritual activities including plastered skulls and special arrangements of isolated bones. Analysis of the grave contexts points to the existence of a unique set of ritual activities involving animals that has until now not been identified in this period.


Pre-Pottery Neolithic B, Levant, burials, ritual practices.

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