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Environment, seasonality and hunting strategies as influences on Natufian food procurement: The faunal remains from Shubayqa 1

Yeomans, L; Richter, T; Martin, L; (2017) Environment, seasonality and hunting strategies as influences on Natufian food procurement: The faunal remains from Shubayqa 1. Levant , 49 (2) pp. 85-104. 10.1080/00758914.2017.1368820. Green open access

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Abstract

Analysis of the faunal assemblage from Shubayqa 1 allows detailed discussion of food procurement through the sequence of occupation spanning the Early and Late Natufian. The influence of climate, season of occupation and hunting techniques on the subsistence economy is discussed. It is argued that targeted prey varied throughout the year, with mass hunting methods providing a large proportion of the meat. In the Late Natufian a decrease in passage migrant birds is interpreted as evidence for gradual drying of the environment, or less reliable rainfall from year-to-year. Availability of resources varied between the two phases of occupation, which, despite preceding the Younger Dryas, suggests that environmental conditions were changing. However, subsistence strategies were easily amended to maintain a plentiful supply of food.

Type: Article
Title: Environment, seasonality and hunting strategies as influences on Natufian food procurement: The faunal remains from Shubayqa 1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00758914.2017.1368820
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00758914.2017.1368820
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Natufian, hunting, Younger Dryas, gazelle, southern Levant
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10037767
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