Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fauna Bones

Not all of the bones we dig up were human. As a matter of fact most were not human. To deal with those bones we had the "Fauna Crew" down at the other end of our row of bone tables these three experts on animal bones sorted them out. They had the more difficult task of sorting than we did as they had to identify not only which bone in the body but also what kind of animal it was.

You can learn a lot about a culture by the bones of their animals both pets and what they ate. It was interesting for me to discover that not only did the Hebrews not eat pork but neither did the Canaanites and other Semitic cultures. The Greeks and Romans did eat pork and a lot of it.

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