Taphonomic Analysis

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


An important objective of the current research is the analysis of mammalian taphonomy in order to differentiate between biotic and non-biotic agents, and to thus reach a better understanding of the various processes that formed the Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov (GBY) assemblage. This has been achieved by a zooarchaeological analysis of the assemblage, which has identified and characterized bone damage caused by pre- and/or post-depositional biotic agents, such as hominins, carnivores, and rodents. Among the non-biotic processes that modify thanatocoenosis assemblages are weathering and bone abrasion.


Skeletal Element Large Carnivore Bone Shaft Marrow Extraction Postcranial Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Earth Sciences and National Natural History Collections, Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of JerusalemGivat Ram JerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Palaeolithic Research UnitRömisch-Germanisches ZentralmuseumNeuwiedGermany
  3. 3.Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Institute for Pre- and Protohistoric ArchaeologyNeuwiedGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of JerusalemMt. Scopus JerusalemIsrael

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