Communal hunting in the Natufian of the southern Levant: the social and economic implications

D. V. Campana, Pam Crabtree

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    The Natufian culture of Palestine has been seen as an important stage in the transition from hunting and gathering to food production. This paper uses faunal data from the site of Salibiya I in the lower Jordan Valley to suggest that the Natufians practised communal hunting of the mountain gazelle. Ethnographic studies suggest that communal hunting entails planning, timing and the organization of large numbers of people. We suggest that it was the social organization needed for the communal hunt, rather than sedentarization, or demographic or ecological factors, that provided the preconditions for the beginning of agriculture. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)223-243
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Mediterranean Archaeology
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1990

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    organization
    Palestine
    demographic factors
    Jordan
    economics
    environmental factors
    agriculture
    social organization
    food
    food production
    planning
    valley
    mountain
    Economics
    Natufian
    Southern Levant
    Hunting
    Hunter-gatherers
    Mountain Gazelle

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    • Geography, Planning and Development

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    Communal hunting in the Natufian of the southern Levant : the social and economic implications. / Campana, D. V.; Crabtree, Pam.

    In: Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1990, p. 223-243.

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