Finding of trout (Salmo cf. trutta) in the Northern Jordan Valley (Israel) at the end of the Pleistocene: Preliminary results

Aurélia Borvon*, Anne Bridault, Rebecca Biton, Rivka Rabinovich, Marion Prevost, Hamudi Khalaily, François R. Valla

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Abstract

Tens of thousands of fish bones were recovered from the Final Natufian (Late Epipaleolithic) layer of the site of Eynan/Ain Mallaha (Northern Israel) dated to the end of the Pleistocene. Almost a hundred of them were attributed to a Salmoninae, most probably a trout Salmo cf. trutta. This is the southernmost attestation of a Salmo species in the Near East, past and present. It is suggested that trout were present locally as small populations at least at the end of the Pleistocene.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Volume18
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2018

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Keywords

  • Eynan/Ain Mallaha
  • Final Natufian
  • Hula Basin
  • Salmonidae
  • Southern Levant
  • Trout

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