Contextualizing an Iron Age IIA Hoard of Astragali from Tel Abel Beth Maacah, Israel

  title={Contextualizing an Iron Age IIA Hoard of Astragali from Tel Abel Beth Maacah, Israel},
  author={Matthew Susnow and Nimrod Marom and Ariel Shatil and Nava Panitz-Cohen and Robert Mullins and N. Yahalom-Mack},
  journal={Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology},
Astragali, the knuckle or ankle bones of mammals, have been collected, used and modified by humans in different parts of the world for millennia. Large hoards dating from Iron Age IIA (tenth–ninth centuries BC) are attested at a number of sites in the southern Levant, and a recently discovered hoard of 406 astragali at Tel Abel Beth Maacah in northern Israel presents an opportunity to investigate this phenomenon, shedding light on the function of these bones and why they bore special status and… 
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