Biblical Archaeology Review 42:6, November/December 2016

Pigs as an Ethnic Marker? You Are What You Eat

By Lidar Sapir-Hen

Ancient Israelites didn’t eat pigs. Philistines did. Therefore if you are excavating and find lots of pig bones at your site, it can’t be Israelite—or can it? A new survey brings this conventional wisdom into question with surprising results.
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