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A Zebu-Shaped Weight from Tel Beth-Shemesh

Ely Levine, Shlomo Bunimovitz and Zvi Lederman
Israel Exploration Journal
Vol. 61, No. 2 (2011), pp. 146-161
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23214237
Page Count: 16
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A Zebu-Shaped Weight from Tel Beth-Shemesh
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Abstract

In 2007, a bronze zoomorphic weight, shaped as a humped bull or zebu, Bos indicus, was found in a Late Bronze Age context in the renewed excavations at Tel Beth-Shemesh. The similarity of this object to other figurines and balance weights not only demonstrates commercial and cultural ties among Late Bronze Age sites, but also indicates familiarity with this sub-species of cattle, usually associated with South Asia. Despite its excellent state of preservation, this weight does not reveal much about its particular position in the Beth-Shemesh economy because it was made with a hollow cavity used to modulate its mass. This zebu-shaped weight provides us with further evidence of the frontier status of Beth-Shemesh and points to the site's connections with the Eastern Mediterranean trade network of the Late Bronze Age.

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