The effects of striped hyaena activity on human remains

Liora Kolska Horwitz, Patricia Smith

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Human skeletal remains recovered from two striped hyaena dens in Israel showed damage similar to that found on other bones from the same dens. All bones showed gnawing, but relatively few showed puncture marks. The frequency of attacked areas on both human and other remains showed a distinctive pattern that differs markedly from that resulting from diagenesis or butchery practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-481
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes


We would like to thank the Israel Nature Reserves Authority for permission to carry out the excavations, and to the following people for their cooperation and generous assistance during various stages of this project: 0. Kobi, S. Mann, A. Matmoni, E. Tchernov, J. Kerbis, G. Davidovitz, C. Miyashiro-Cope and R. Rabinovich. We would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper. Analysis of data was partially supported by a grant-in-aid from the Israel Academy of Sciences.

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Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities


    • bone preservation
    • carnivore damage
    • human remains
    • near east
    • negev
    • striped hyaenas


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