Rituals played an essential role in the life of the ancient Greeks. These rituals were often expressed through multifaceted and diverse ways that are often diff icult to read in the archaeological record. However, it is possible to identify a common denominator in the use of animals as the main sacrif icial offering within these religious practices. We are presenting here the f irst zooarchaeology data from recent excavations in the area of the sanctuary of Malophoros at Selinunte. The main aim of our investigation, which is still ongoing, is the exploration of ancient sacrif icial rituals. We are paying particular attention to taphonomic aspects that are indicative of any specif ic treatment of animals for ritual purposes. The analysis carried out has included a total of 2,299 animal remains, of which 805 are attributed to species level. The combined analysis of burnt remains and that of the distribution of body parts showed that the preferred part offered to some deities was the thigh bone. The preliminary results of our data seem to highlight the presence of different uses of the animals for ritual purposes (holocaust, moirocaust, θυσία). The evidence is consistent with the articulation of the sanctuary.
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|Publication status||Published - 2015|