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Rethinking Storage and Surplus during the Late Prehistory of Southwest Asia

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

Emily Hubbard, Anthropology, University of Toronto

Archaeological Research Facility

The Chalcolithic site of Tel Tsaf, Israel dates to the transitional period between farming settlements and stratified urban societies in the region. Excavation revealed evidence of numerous, large silo features, leading researchers to assume large amounts of grain were stored at the site, presenting a strong case for surplus and potential wealth. This paper will address additional micromorphological evidence which has demonstrated that animals and animal products may have also played a significant role in the accumulation of surplus at the site. The ideas of storage, surplus and accumulation of wealth at the site will be explored with alternative interpretations of the evidence discussed.