Tell Afis (Syria): ritual meals and ceremonies of foundation. a case from the 2009 excavation campaign

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Tell Afis (Syria): ritual meals and ceremonies of foundation. a case from the 2009 excavation campaign

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S5-2, S6-3, General session, poster

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Abstract:

Man had always a high consideration for the architecture and the planning of spaces and buildings for the development of the community life, from the simplest quadrangular house up to the most complex public palace. Up to actual times the use of leaving small objects during the work for the foundations of a new building, for a good wish, is attested. A recoverie in the 2009 archaeological mission in Tell Afis (Syria), can be linked to this kind of ritual. The ritual, as we can see from the examined rests, included the consumption of meats during of the propitiatory banquets at the beginning of the works. The rests of these banquets were preserved in pits in the building foundation. The faunal association introduces very common species for the examined period (Iron II-III age) both domestic and wild ones. Different birds of medium size, of the Columbidae family and at least an individual of turtle dove (Streptopelia sp.) are present. Among the wild mammals the hare (Lepus sp.), the gazelle (Gazella sp.) and some fragments of mufflon (Ovis cfr. ammon) have been identified, while the domestic species are represented by caprovines, maily sheep (Ovis aries), with individuals aged less than three years. Great importance have also the anthropic signs over the fragments: traces of butchery and exposure to the fire.

Authors:

CARENTI Gabriele

Affiliations

Universita degli Studi di Sassari, via Giulio Pastore, 1a, viale Umberto I, 52, 07100, Sassari, ITALY, gabrielecarenti@gmail.com

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Carenti, Gabriele

Date

August 2010

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Carenti, Gabriele. "Tell Afis (Syria): ritual meals and ceremonies of foundation. a case from the 2009 excavation campaign ," in BoneCommons, Item #1025, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1025 (accessed August 7, 2020).

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