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A view from the Greek side: Interpretations of animal bones as evidence for sacrifice and ritual consumption
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Classical archaeology and ancient history.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Ancient Judaism, ISSN 1869-3296, E-ISSN 2196-7954, Vol. 7, no 1, 35-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the animal bone material from ancient Qumran from the perspective of zooarchaeologial material recovered in ancient Greek cult contexts. The paper offers an overview of the importance of animal bones for the understanding of ancient Greek religion and sacrificial practices in particular, followed by an interpretation of the Qumran material taking its starting point in the bone material and the archaeological find contexts, including importance of the presence or absence of an altar at this site. The methodological implications of letting the written sources guide the interpretation of the archaeological material are explored and it is suggested that the Qumran bones are to be interpreted as remains of ritual meals following animal sacrifice while that the presence of also calcined bones supports the proposal that there was once an altar in area L130. Finally the similarities between Israelite and Greek sacrificial practices are touched upon, arguing for advantages of a continued and parallel study of these two sacrificial systems based on the zooarchaeological evidence.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 1, 35-50 p.
Keyword [en]
Animal bones, ancient Greece, sacrifice, Qumran, altar
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310126DOI: 10.13109/jaju.2016.7.1.35ISI: 000388244800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-310126DiVA: diva2:1055089
Available from: 2016-12-11 Created: 2016-12-11 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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