Nimrod Marom, Yotam Tepper and Guy Bar Oz (University of Haifa), Archaeozoological Aspects of the Byzantine-Islamic Transition in the Negev

A comparative analysis of mammal and bird bone assemblages from the Negev sites of Haluza, Nizana and Shivta across the Byzantine/Islamic transition has revealed substantial changes that occurred in the 6th-7th centuries, including the cessation of pigeon keeping and changes in the representation of livestock animals such as sheep, goats, pigs and camels. These shifts shed light on both the cultural and the economic aspects of a period that marked the end of urban fluorescence in the region for more than a millennium.