Worked sheep and gazelle foot bones as possible figurative representations: A 12,000 year old cluster of artifacts from Shubayqa 6, Jordan Levant

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The use of animal bones to form figurative representations is well documented ethnographically and archaeologically. In this paper, we describe an intriguing group of bones from Shubayqa 6, a transitional Late Natufian and Pre-Pottery Neolithic A site in north-east Jordan, and consider the possibility that these bones are figurative representations. The assemblage is comprised of sets of articulating phalanges, from 21 limbs of wild sheep and gazelle, found as part of a group of artefacts. If this tentative interpretation for the Shubayqa 6 bones is correct, future discussions on the frequency of figurative representations by communities at the transition from hunting and foraging to agriculture in Southwest Asia may benefit from broader consideration of bones clusters
Original languageEnglish
JournalLevant: The Journal of the Council for British Research in the Levant
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)123-138
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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