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Hunting and trapping strategies in the coastal mountains of northern Lebanon during the Epipalaeolithic

Edwards, Y; Garrard, AN; Yazbeck, C; (2017) Hunting and trapping strategies in the coastal mountains of northern Lebanon during the Epipalaeolithic. Levant , 49 (3) pp. 237-258. 10.1080/00758914.2017.1408217. Green open access

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Abstract

Relative to other regions of the Levant, our knowledge of the adaptations of Epipalaeolithic hunter-gatherers to the late Pleistocene environments of the coastal mountains of the central and northern Levant are extremely limited. However, recently excavations at two adjacent caves at Moghr el-Ahwal in the Qadisha Valley of northern Lebanon have provided a rich record, particularly of hunting and trapping strategies from the period following the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) until the Bølling/Allerød interstadial. The dominant prey species, which varied in proportions through time, included: wild goat; roe, red and fallow deer; as well as fox, hare, squirrel and partridge. These document the exploitation of a wide spectrum of habitats, and demonstrate the expansion of forest cover through this period. Comparisons are made with food procurement strategies through the Epipalaeolithic in the wider region.

Type: Article
Title: Hunting and trapping strategies in the coastal mountains of northern Lebanon during the Epipalaeolithic
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00758914.2017.1408217
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00758914.2017.1408217
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: hunting strategies, Moghr el-Ahwal, Lebanon, Levant, Epipalaeolithic, Natufian
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1574479
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