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Bedouin Animal Sacrifice Practices
by Dr. Joel D. Klenck.

Animals sacrifice practices and the remains of these rituals were recorded and analyzed to provide insights on animal bones near temples or cult areas at archaeological sites. The study suggests that high numbers of metapodials and phalanges (foot bones) might be expected at cult sites since all stages of butchery (primary, secondary, and tertiary) are practiced in these sacrificial spaces. In domestic dwellings, the initial states of butchery are often completed outside the structures as mostly upper limb bones with more meat are brought into the homes for consumption.

The Symbolic Role of Animals in Archaeology.  MASCA Volume 17. University of Pennsylvania Press. Kathleen Ryan and Pamela J. Crabtree (editors). U.S. $35.00.

http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13710.html

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