Mienis, H.K. (2015). Shells, in: Beith-Arieh, I. et al. Tel Malhata: A central city in the Negev Biblical. pp. 724-735
In: Beith-Arieh, I.; Freud, L. (2015). Tel Malhata: A central city in the Negev Biblical . Tel Aviv University, Sonia and Marco Nadler Insitute of Archaeology, Monography Series 32. Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv Univesity: Tel Aviv. ISBN 978-1-57506-293-8. 2 volumes pp., more
During the excavation at Tel Malhata, a number of shells were collected for study. The assemblage consists only of marine and fluviatile species, indicating that the shells were selectively collected in the field or during the sieving process. Only two species of local terrestrial snail, which live abundantly in the area of Tel Malhata, were among the preserved material (see Chapter 20). Most of the shells were easily identified. In a few problematic cases the archaeological material was compared with specimens of more recent origin, either from the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea, present in the Mollusc Collection of the National Collections of Natural History of the Tel Aviv University.