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The Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov Volume III

Mammalian Taphonomy. The Assemblages of Layers V-5 and V-6

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Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 1-2
  3. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 3-14
  4. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 15-20
  5. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 21-39
  6. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 41-91
  7. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 93-222
  8. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 223-244
  9. Rivka Rabinovich, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, Lutz Kindler, Naama Goren-Inbar
    Pages 245-248
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 249-269

About this book

Introduction

Multidisciplinary research on the Early-Middle Pleistocene site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov has yielded abundant climatic, environmental, ecological and behavioral records. The 15 archaeological horizons form a sequence of Acheulian occupational episodes on the shore of the paleo-Lake Hula. These enable us to reconstruct numerous aspects of the survival and adaptation of ancient hominins, leading to a better understanding of their evolution and behavior. This book presents the faunal analyses of medium-sized and large mammals, providing taxonomic, taphonomic and actualistic data for the largest faunal assemblages. The study of modes of animal exploitation reveals valuable information on hominin behavior.

Keywords

Actualistic studies in taphonomy Early Middle Pleistocene (Acheulian) Gesher Benot Ya'aqov Taphonomy Vertebrates

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Römisch-Germanisches ZentralmuseumNeuwiedGermany
  3. 3.Römisch-Germanisches ZentralmuseumNeuwiedGermany
  4. 4.Inst. ArchaeologyHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

About the authors

 

Dr. Rivka Rabinovich is a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, Institute of Earth Sciences and the Academic Curator of the paleobiological collections of the Hebrew University. Her research has been focused on the faunal assemblages, mainly mammals from Pleistocene localities; attempting to discern between the human-related patterns of collecting fauna, such as dietary practices and cultural traditions, to environmental factors, such the sedimentary setting and changing of climatic conditions.

 

Univ. - Prof. Dr. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser is Professor at the Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany and Head of the Palaeolithic Research Unit of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum at Neuwied, Germany. Her main research is Pleistocene and Early Holocene Archaeology and Archaeozoology. She is the author of numerous articles and books on hominin subsistence behaviour and ecology in Europe and the Southern Levant.

 

Dr. Lutz Kindler is research assistant at the Palaeolithic Research Unit of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum at Neuwied, Germany and lecturer for bioarchaeology at the Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany. His research focuses on the ecology and economy of Pleistocene hominins, actualistic studies of biostratinomic processes and the reconstruction of taphonomic histories of archaeofaunas. His PhD dealt with the Middle Paleolithic fauna of the Balve Cave in Germany and examined the role of carnivores in the subsistence and ecology of late Pleistocene Neanderthals.

 

Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar is a professor at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main research interest is the prehistory of the Levant, including technological, cultural, and behavioral aspects of ancient hominins at their environment. Her stuides and the research team she directs are one of the leading landmarks in the Prehistoric Archaeology of the Southern Levant. She is the author of numerous articles, several books and a leading scholar in the synergic attempts to reconstruct the Levantine Pleistocene.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov Volume III
  • Book Subtitle Mammalian Taphonomy. The Assemblages of Layers V-5 and V-6
  • Authors Rivka Rabinovich
    Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser
    Lutz Kindler
    Naama Goren-Inbar
  • Series Title Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Vertebrate Paleobiology
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2159-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-2158-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9994-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-2159-3
  • Series ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series E-ISSN 1877-9085
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XLII, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Paleontology
    Archaeology
    Vertebrates
    Ecology
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Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This is a high quality publication to add to the continuing research conducted at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov by Goren-Inbar and her team. The third monograph, as the title suggests, is the publication of the faunal material from the excavations, concentrating on Layers V-5 and V-6. … this monograph significantly adds to our understanding of hominid interaction with mammals. … this series of monographs should be on most researchers’ reading lists.” (Samuel P. Griffiths, PaleoAnthropology, 2012)

“This volume presents a detailed account of the faunal evidence from one particularly informative part of the site, known as Area C, directly by the River Jordan, and adjacent deposits exposed along the river bank. … it is an essential text for any serious student of faunal taphonomy and the study of early hominin subsistence, setting new standards for the analysis of early Palaeolithic faunal assemblages. All those involved in this research must be congratulated for an outstanding piece of research.” (Robin Dennell, Antiquity, Vol. 86 (332), June, 2012)