Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 17, Supplement 1, pp 53–61 | Cite as

Olive cultivation and oil production in Palestine during the early Bronze Age (3500–2000 b.c.): the case of Tel Yarmouth, Israel

Original Article

Abstract

Identification of numerous remains (stones, seeds, charcoal) of Olea europaea (olive) at the early Bronze Age site of Tel Yarmouth, Israel, shows the importance of olives in the local economy. Production of olive oil is indicated by the presence of crushed olive stones as well as an oil extracting area. The role of olive oil production in the Levantine area and at Tel Yarmouth in particular during the early Bronze Age is discussed.

Keywords

Olea europaea Jif Charcoal Early Bronze Age Tel Yarmouth Palestine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR 7041, Archéologie et Sciences de l’Antiquité (ArScAn)CNRS, 21 allée de l’UniversitéNanterre cedexFrance

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