Human consumption of land snails in Israel
Basteria , Volume 41 - Issue 1/4 p. 53- 58
Molluscs have served as human food since man’s very existence. Bryant & Williams-Dean (1975) examined a large sample of human coprolites (fossil faeces) from a stratum at Terra Amata in the French Mediterranean which probably represents Home erectus of some 300,000 years ago, and found fragments of mollusc shells. Such human coprolites from as early as the Middle Palaeolithic period contain shell fragments of land snails. If the shells are found in large numbers at ancient sites of human dwelling, and are scarred or broken in a more or less uniform way, then they may well be considered to be the remnants of meals. In addition, such shells are often characterized by their uneroded sculpture which indicates that they were collected before the usual wear took place (Ant, 1971).
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Ze’ev Bar. (1977). Human consumption of land snails in Israel. Basteria, 41(1/4), 53–58.
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