Crusader Diet in Times of War and Peace: Arsur (Israel) as a Case Study

Miriam Pines*, Lidar Sapir-Hen, Oren Tal

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This paper puts forward an archaeozoological analysis of two sizeable animal bone assemblages from the thirteenth-century Crusader town of Arsur (Israel). Each represents a distinct behavioural practice, one of meat eaten in peaceful times and the other of meat consumed under stressful conditions while preparing for and undergoing a siege, when consideration was given to factors of benefits and space. Our results show that the faunal remains from before and during the Mamluk siege enunciate differences of subsistence and identity at the site at two different times and under diverse conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-328
Number of pages22
JournalOxford Journal of Archaeology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2017


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