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Bibil Identifier bibil:204406
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Owl in Phoenician Mortuary Practices
Author Schmitz, Philip C.
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 9, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 51-85 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recent excavations in the Iron Age necropolis of Tyre (al-Bass district) allow a substantial reconstruction of the Phoenician ritual of cremation burial. Among the faunal remains from Tyre al-Bass Tomb 8 are two talons from a species of owl. The talons had been charred and perhaps boiled before placement with the grave goods. This paper examines ancient Near Eastern and biblical cultural interpretations of the owl and suggests a range of possible explanations for the presence of owl remains in this Phoenician burial.
DOI 10.1163/156921209X449161
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Phoenicia : Archaeology : 1st millennium
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Archaeology : Themes : Burial Places
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