Byzantine Secret of Surviving in the Negev: Midget Pigeons and Their 'Secondary Product'

The Byzantines farming the desert in ancient Israel dined on dove like everyone else in the Middle East, but there's a reason they built their giant pigeon towers in their fields

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Pigeon skull from Shivta: Morphologically wild-type
Pigeon skull from Shivta: Size and shape are wild-typeCredit: University of Haifa
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
Dovecote at ShivtaCredit: Dr. Yotam Tepper
Dovecote in middle of ancient Shivta fieldCredit: Prof. Guy Bar-Oz
Pigeon remains in situ, ShivtaCredit: yotam tepper

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