Conus ornaments from tel bareqet in an early bronze age near east context

Daniella E.Bar Yosef Mayer, Sarit Paz, Yitzhak Paz

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The discovery of 16 Conns apex beads from the Early Bronze Age II site of Tel Bareqet in central Israel, prompted research concerning this type of personal ornament. Theses ornaments were made of Indo-Pacific Conus shells, and they were discovered in numerous third millennium BCE sites in the Levant, the Sinai Desert, as well as in Mesopotamia, suggesting long-range contacts. The existence of a workshop of such artifacts in Oman might point to their actual origin. Ethnographic analogies, coupled with the size and distribution of these artifacts, suggest that these were prestige items.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication‘Isaac went out to the field’
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Archaeology and Ancient Cultures in Honor of Isaac Gilead
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781784918309
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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