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Rethinking Food Provisioning in Complex Societies and Urban Centers: If Animal Bones Could Only Talk

A lecture by Levent Atici, University of Nevada

Friday, May 18, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
A222 Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Professor Atici probes whether there is a correlation between patterns of sociopolitical organization and of animal exploitation using archaeofaunal assemblages from Kültepe/Kanesh, capital of the Trading Assyrian Colonies in Anatolia during the Middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000-1750 BC). A large corpus of cuneiform tablets written in an Old Assyrian dialect unearthed at the celebrated Kültepe/Kanesh provide direct evidence for many aspects of life including animal food consumption patterns during the Middle Bronze Age in central Anatolia. Hence, Kültepe/Kanesh provides us with a unique opportunity to investigate and test the relationships between textual and archaeological evidence. Given that various socioeconomic aspects of the Bronze Age societies have been studied from the perspective of archaeology and philology, a zooarchaeological approach with specific reference to food acquisition, production, consumption, and redistribution techniques at Kültepe/Kanesh can provide fresh insights into life during the Middle Bronze Age. He also seeks to test assumptions about urban food provisioning strategies and to answer whether there is such a phenomenon as a “typical” urban faunal assemblage.


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

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