Journal article

Year-round shellfish exploitation in the Levant and implications for Upper Palaeolithic hunter-gatherer subsistence

Marjolein D Bosch, Marcello A Mannino, Amy L Prendergast, Frank P Wesselingh, Tamsin C O'Connell, Jean-Jacques Hublin

JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE-REPORTS | ELSEVIER | Published : 2018

Abstract

Recent studies have shown that the use of aquatic resources has greater antiquity in hominin diets than previously thought. At present, it is unclear when hominins started to habitually consume marine resources. This study examines shellfish exploitation from a behavioural ecology perspective, addressing how and when past hunter-gatherers from the Levant used coastal resources for subsistence purposes. We investigate the seasonality of shellfish exploitation in the Levantine Upper Palaeolithic through oxygen isotope analysis on shells of the intertidal rocky shore mollusc Phorcus (Osilinus) turbinatus from the key site Ksâr ‘Akil (Lebanon). At this rockshelter, multi-layered archaeological d..

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Grants

Awarded by H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship "EU-BEADS"


Funding Acknowledgements

H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship "EU-BEADS", project number: 656325 and the Max Planck Society. ALP was funded by an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship.