Where are the camels?

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Where are the camels?

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S1-3, Old World Camelids, oral

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Abstract:

After decades of collecting animal bones at archeological sites in Israel there is still a lack of camel bones from Iron II contexts until Roman times. Even at sites situated on important trade routes, near ports or market terminals, there is little to no osteological evidence of camels among the tens of thousands of other bones recovered. Only when camels were used for purposes other than transport - animals no longer useful as carriers sold as meat, or camel bone used as the raw material for various objects - are their bones recovered with other animal remains.It has long been an article of faith that camels were ‘extra-urban’, remaining on the outskirts of cities even when they moved large qua! ntities of commodities. But this idea has not been explored in depth. In this paper I will consider models of camel pastoralism and organization of caravans, and the implications these have for research strategies more likely to recover camel remains.

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WAPNISH-HESSE Paula

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Penn State University, Jewish Studies Program, 000, xxx, USA . pch13@psu.edu

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Wapnish-Hesse, Paula

Date

August 2010

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Wapnish-Hesse, Paula. " Where are the camels? ," in BoneCommons, Item #1640, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1640 (accessed August 9, 2020).