Determination of snails from the archaeological deposits of Ifri n'Etsedda ("Lions Cave") NE-Morocco
Museum Koenig, Bonn (07.–09.12.2012)
The 2012 spring campaign of sub-project C2 in Ifri n'Etsedda, NE-Morocco yielded an enormous amount of snail shells thought to represent the remains of prehistoric diet.
On the other hand, molluscs are a reliable source of protein and accessible to every member of a forager group. For the groups which occupied Ifri n'Etsedda during the Neolithic, land snails seemed to provide one of the main food resources. The approximately 3 m3 of sediment excavated in 2012 yielded more than 100 kg of snail shells, mostly of 6 edible species. In a workshop headed by Rainer Hutterer and Jörg Linstädter from 07.–09.12.2012, students from the Universities of Cologne and Tübingen learned how to determine and document land snails, and gain a better understanding of the role that they played for prehistoric settlers in semi-arid NW-Africa.