Donkeys!

Or more particularly, a new essay in ZDPV by Aren et al titled The Importance of the Donkey as a Pack Animal in the Early Bronze Age Southern Levant: A View from Tell es Safi / Gath.

In this paper, we review the evidence for the use of the domestic donkey as a mode of transportation in the Early Bronze Age. The study will present the domestic donkey remains (artefactual and zoological) and their archaeological context from the Early Bronze Age III domestic neighborhood at Tell es Safi / Gath. The remains indicate the significant role that donkeys played in the daily life of the inhabitants. This reflects on our understanding of their role in the trade networks and mode of transportation that existed within the emerging urban cultures in the southern Levant during the 3rd mill. B.C.E.

Get a copy. If you don’t have a car, get a donkey to bring it!