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The Wide Lens in Archaeology
Honoring Brian Hesse's Contributions to Anthropological Archaeology

Edited by Justin Lev-Tov, Paula Wapnish and Allan Gilbert

The Wide Lens in Archaeology
Paperback, 516 pages £53.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781937040956
Format: 228mm x 152mm
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Subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Lockwood Press
Series: Archaeobiology

This book is a Gedenkschrift in memory of Brian Hesse, a scholar of archaeology, a writer of alliterative and punned publication titles, and an accomplished amateur photographer.
Hesse specialized in zooarchaeology, but he influenced a wider range of excavators and ancient historians with his broad interpretive reach. He spent much of his career analysing faunal materials from different countries in the Middle East--including Iran, Yemen, and Israel, and his publications covered themes particular to animal bone studies, such as domestication, ancient market economics, as well as broader themes such as determining ethnicity in archaeology.

The essays in this volume reflect the breadth of his interests. Most chapters share an Old World geographic setting, focusing either on Europe or the Middle East. The topics are diverse, with the majority discussing animal bones, as was Hesse's specialization, but some take a non-faunal perspective related to the problems with which Hesse grappled. The volume is also broad in temporal scope, ranging from Neolithic Iran to early Medieval England, and it addresses theoretical matters as well as methodological innovations including taphonomy and the history of computers in zooarchaeology. Several of the essays are direct revisits to, inspirations from, or extensions of Hesse's own research.

All the contributions reflect his intense interest in social questions about antiquity; the theme of social archaeology informed much of Brian Hesse's thinking, and it is why his work made such an impact on those working outside his own disciplinary research.

Introduction: Bones as Building Blocks for Brian Hesse’s Social Archaeology
Brian Hesse 1944–2011: Curriculum vitae    


Part 1: Contexts, Collections, and the Archaeo(zoo)logical Record

Jeffrey A. Blakely and Inbar Ktalev - Identifying and Understanding Residuality in Tell el-Hesi’s
Archaeological Record: The Malacological Evidence         

Thomas H. McGovern, George Hambrecht, Seth Brewington, Frank Feeley, Ramona Harrison, Megan Hicks, Konrad Smiarowski, and James Woollett - Too Many Bones: Data Management and the NABONE Experience      

Haskel J. Greenfield and Angela Beattie - A Practical Macroscopic Approach for Distinguishing Burned and Boiled Bones in Zooarchaeological Assemblages


Part 2: Peoples, Pigs, and Pots in Palestine

Liora Kolska Horwitz, Armelle Gardeisen, Aren Maeir, and Louise A. Hithcock - A Contribution to the Iron Age Philistine Pig Debate       

Edward F. Maher - Flair of the Dog: The Philistine Consumption of Canines            

Yosef Garfinkel  - The Ethnic Identification of Khirbet Qeiyafa: Why It Matters      

Avraham Faust - An All-Israelite Identity: Historical Reality or Biblical Myth?          

Part 3: Ritual Real Estate

Jonathan S. Greer - “Cursed Be the Cheat Who Offers a Blemished Animal!” A Broken Tibia from a Sacrificial Deposit at Tel Dan and Its Implications for Understanding Israelite Religious Practice

Justin Lev-Tov - Can Bones Differentiate Royal Roast from Sacrificial Slaughter?
The Case of Hazor’s Late Bronze Age Monumental Building           

Deirdre N. Fulton, Paula Hesse, and Brian Hesse - Considering Carcasses: Sheep and Goat Sacrifice at Carthage, Tunisia, and Al Qisha, Yemen          

Part 4: Buried Beasts

Lidar Sapir-Hen, Yuval Gadot, and Oded Lipschits - Ceremonial Donkey Burial, Social Status, and Settlement Hierarchy in the Early Bronze III: The Case of Tel Azekah 

Liora Kolska Horwitz, Daniel M. Master, and Hadas Motro - A Middle Bronze Age Equid from Ashkelon: A Case of Ritual Interment or Refuse Disposal?              

Liora Kolska Horwitz, Samuel R. Wolff, and Steven Ortiz - The Context and Biometry of Iron Age II and Hellenistic Period Dog “Burials” from Tel Gezer Compared to Those from Other Sites in the Region         

Part 5: Organization and Orientation of Animal Economies

Aharon Sasson   - Cattle Husbandry and the Survival Subsistence Strategy: A Zooarchaeological Perspective        

Pam Crabtree and Douglas V. Campana  - Where Are Our Goats? The Role of Goats in Anglo-Saxon England  

Bill Grantham, Daniel Lowrey, Hillary Boyd, and Samantha Earnest - Gallus Gallus during the Roman and Byzantine Periods in Israel   

Part 6: Animal Use at Three Sites through the Ages

David R. Lipovitch - A Preliminary Analysis on the Iron Age III Faunal Remains Tell Ta?yinat, Turkey (Ancient Kunulua)

Tina Greenfield, Chris McKinny, and Itzhaq Shai  - “I Can Count All My Bones”: A Preliminary Report of the Late Bronze Faunal Remains from Area B1 at Tel Burna, Israel         

Justin Lev-Tov, Sarah W. Kansa, Levent Atici, and Jane C. Wheeler - New Light on Faunal Remains from Chogha Mish, Iran             




Justin Lev-Tov was assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama Birmingham until 2005. He continues to conduct and publish zooarchaeological research as a part of various excavation projects in Israel and Jordan.

Paula Wapnish Hesse was staff zooarchaeologist for the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (Israel) from 1985 until the conclusion of excavations. She continues to research and publish on many of Ashkelon's unique features, such as the dog burials and the worked bone and ivory industries.

Allan S. Gilbert is Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. After early research in the zooarchaeology of the Near East, Gilbert has been engaged in geoarchaeology and the historical archaeology of New York City.



Publication Details:

 Paperback , 516 pages
 228mm x 152mm

BIC Code:
  SOC002000, SOC003000
 Lockwood Press


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