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Abadi, Itay Image
Abadi, Itay
Category: The Next Generation
Agam, Aviad Image
Agam, Aviad
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Aviv University
Historical Research Focus: Neolithic 8300  BC – 4500 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Ashkenazi, Hai Image
Ashkenazi, Hai
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Aviv University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Bronze (MB) 2000 – 1500 BC
Building Types: Fort
Ben-Hain, Asaf Image
Ben-Hain, Asaf
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Herodium
Historical Research Focus: Babylonian/Persian 586 BC – 332 BC
Settlement Types: Town
Building Types: Palace
Building Material: Stone
Centi, Laura Image
Centi, Laura
Category: The Next Generation
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
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Cohen Klonymus, Haggai
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Khirbet Qeiyafa, Khirbet Wadi Hamam, Mamilla Cemetery, Shikmona, Tel Asawir, (aka En Asur) , Tel Rehov, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology
Historical Research Focus: Chalcolithic 4500 BC – 3150 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
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Cohen, Rotem
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Ekshtain, Ravid Image
Ekshtain, Ravid
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Friedrnan, Neta Image
Friedrnan, Neta
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
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Gardner-Cook, Ryan
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project
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Gekht, Yuli
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Dor, Hebrew University
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Goldgeier, Hadas
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Epi-Paleolithic 16000  BC – 8300 BC
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
Greenberg, Shlomo Image
Greenberg, Shlomo
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Khirbet Arai, Tel Hazor
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Herzlinger, Gadi
Category: The Next Generation
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Hossin, Mustafa Image
Hossin, Mustafa
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Arab 634 AD – 1099 AD
Building Types: Mosque
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
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Karasik, Avshalom
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Intermediate Bronze (IB) 2400 BC – 2000 BC
Material Composition: Pottery
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Knudson, Nadia
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Legio (el-Lajjun): Roman Military Camp
Historical Research Focus: Intermediate Bronze (IB) 2400 BC – 2000 BC
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Kraus, Nick
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Megiddo
Letteney, Mark Image
Letteney, Mark
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Solomon’s Pools
Historical Research Focus: Late Roman 70 AD – 324 AD
Water System: Aqueduct
Meir-Weil, Toam Image
Meir-Weil, Toam
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Late Bronze (LB) 1500 BC – 1200 BC
Building Types: House
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Nebenhaus, Keren
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Early Paleolithic 150000 BC – 80000 BC
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Wolfson, Mordechai
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Late Roman 70 AD – 324 AD
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Yashuv, Talia
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Zeigen, Chen Image
Zeigen, Chen
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Zilberstsein, Ayala Image
Zilberstsein, Ayala
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Abadi, Itay
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Hebrew University.
Ph.D dissertation topic: The End of the Upper Palaeolithic and the Begining of the Epipalaeolithic in the Southern Levant
Category: The Next Generation
Agam, Aviad
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Tel Aviv University, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations PhD Student. Research interests include lithic technology and flint raw material procurement and exploitation strategies in Palaeolithic and Neolithic times. Tel Aviv University, Archaeology, Graduate Student; https://telaviv.academia.edu/AviadAgam
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Aviv University
Historical Research Focus: Neolithic 8300  BC – 4500 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Ashkenazi, Hai
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Tel Aviv University, Archaeology, Department Member; On the Collective Ethos of Fortification in the Levantine Bronze Age. https://telaviv.academia.edu/HaiAshkenazi
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Aviv University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Bronze (MB) 2000 – 1500 BC
Building Types: Fort
Ben-Hain, Asaf
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M.A. thesis topic: Architectural Decoration at Herodium Focus on the architectural decoration found at Herodium, the first century BCE palace of King Herod and on the sources of cultural influence, which can be inferred from the analysis and the context of the architectural elements at the site. At the focal point of the research stands the architectural decorative assemblage which was revealed in the mountain palace-fortress. Those items, the vast majority of which have never been scientifically analyzed, are presented in detail. Several aspects are examined, such as the stone types and the carving techniques, typology and their archaeological and architectural context. Methodology includes on-site 3D-scanning and following computational analyses, together with more traditional research methods. The long-run excavation project at Herodium has identified several construction phases at the site, which can be aligned in a relative stratigraphy. Examining the architectural items in their archaeological context helps trace stylistic changes in the decoration that stretch across a chronological scale, and to identify trends of progress and development in Herod’s building program. Additionally, the project seeks to suggest a reconstruction for some of the architectural units and their decoration at the site. This reconstruction will help in understanding the architectural characteristics of Herodium in particular and King Herod’s architecture in general. Equipped with such knowledge, many questions might be addressed that the sheer architectural plan cannot answer, such as: which architectural units had the most elaborate decoration? What did the upper parts of the towers look like? etc. https://archaeology.huji.ac.il/people/asaf-ben-hain
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Herodium
Historical Research Focus: Babylonian/Persian 586 BC – 332 BC
Settlement Types: Town
Building Types: Palace
Building Material: Stone
Centi, Laura
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Ph.D. dissertation topic: The lithic assemblages of units II and I of Nesher Ramla, ca 150-80 ka BP. Reconstructing the occupational history of a unique site in the framework of the Levantine Middle Paleolithic. Research Interests: Middle Paleolithic Lithic technology
Category: The Next Generation
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Cohen Klonymus, Haggai
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M.A. thesis topic: The Groundstone Tools Assemblage of the Iron Age Period at Qeiyafa: Typology, Spatial Analysis and Cultural Aspects.

Areas of interest:

  • Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age
  • Ground stone tools from the Chalcolithic to the Iron Age
  • Flint tools of late periods
  • GIS
  • Social and Landscape Archaeology

Projects

  • Area manager in Wady Hamam excavations (2011)
  • Area manager in Shiqmona excavations (2011-2013)
  • Area manager in Tel Esur excavations (2010-2012)
  • Area manager in Tel Rehov excavations (2010)
  • Area manager in Ophel excavations (2010)
  • Area manager in Fazael excavations (2010-2013)
  • Area manager in Qeiyafa excavtions (2009)
  • GIS for Mamila excavations
  • GIS for the Gesher Benot Ya’aqov Project
https://archaeology.huji.ac.il/people/haggai-cohen-klonymusref_tid=3041
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Khirbet Qeiyafa, Khirbet Wadi Hamam, Mamilla Cemetery, Shikmona, Tel Asawir, (aka En Asur) , Tel Rehov, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology
Historical Research Focus: Chalcolithic 4500 BC – 3150 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
Cohen, Rotem
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Rotem Cohen
M.A. Thesis Topic: Graffiti between Gentiles and Jews: Graffiti Art as an expression of the identity in Jerusalem and its Environs during Hellenistic and Roman Periods.
Abstract:
Graffiti, i.e. texts and/or images that are engraved or painted by people who are not professional artists in public or private environments, buildings, objects, and natural sites, are nowadays viewed as an act of vandalism. In antiquity, however, graffiti was considered a legitimate tool for expressing ideas, messages, or attitudes of the makers of the graffiti. The study examines the appearance of graffiti in the region of Jerusalem and its environs during the Hellenistic and Roman periods (second century BCE to the fourth century CE), relying on the approach of anthropology of art, which is sub-field within Social Anthropology, that considers every work of art, even the most simple and ordinary ones, as a meaningful creation. The graffiti will also be examined in its environmental–architectural context, since graffiti should be seen as an active intervention of the person in his environment. The purpose of this study is to study both cultural differences between different ethnic groups and changes in their use of this medium over time.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Ekshtain, Ravid
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Ph.D. dissertation topic:
Reconstructing Middle Paleolithic Mobility in The Levant: A Raw Material Perspective. Advisors: Dr. Erella Hovers (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Shimon Ilani (The Geological Survey of Israel).
Projects:
  • Participation in the study and publication of the excavations of the Middle Paleolithic site of Amud Cave
  • Area supervisor in the excavations at the Lower Paleolithic site of Revadim – Flint in the Galilee
  • Co-director of excavations in the Middle Paleolithic open-air site of ‘Ein Qashish’
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Friedrnan, Neta
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Neta Friedman
M.A. Thesis Topic: GIS Analysis of Subsistence Strategies and Mobility Patterns during the Middle and Late Epipaleolithic in the Negev and Sinai
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Gardner-Cook, Ryan
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Ryan Gardner-Cook
  • Assistant Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project Advanced Physical Survey
  • Assistant Area Supervisor, Legio Excavations
  • Stony Brook University
Ryan is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Stony Brook University, specializing in complex societies of the Ancient Near East. His research focuses on using geospatial methods to reconstruct ancient landscapes in order to better understand developments in social complexity.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project
Gekht, Yuli
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The Hebrew University in Jerusalem M.A. in Archaeology.
Thesis subject:  A Hellenistic Public Structure in Area D at Dor: Stratigraphy, Date, Identification and Architectural Analysis Work Experience: Research Assistant – Tel Dor Expedition – The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Participated in the 2012, 2014 Tel Dor publication seasons. Computing Analysis. I am currently involved in developing Access databases for various projects such as: Tiberias excavations, Conservation Laboratory in the Institute of Archaeology (Hebrew University), Shikmona Excavations and Tel Esur excavations (Haifa University).
  • Involvement in other projects includes making find plates, Proofreading, constructing web sites and other various technical computer tasks.2009 – 2010
  • Research Assistant – Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae –The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Summarized articles about inscriptions and helped managed the archive of the Corpus. Responsible for providing the editors with help in their research. Visited archaeological sites and museums in order to photograph measure and document inscriptions. 2007 – 2009
  • Librarian – The Emery and Claire Yass Library of the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Cataloged recent books and articles and provided help desk services.2005 – present
Student
The Institute of Archaeology and the Humanities Faculty, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Volunteered in various excavations and surveys, and helped various research projects (Sepphoris, Hurkania, Beit Loya, Fasael, Ein Gev, Gal Yitro etc.).2004 – 2005
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Dor, Hebrew University
Goldgeier, Hadas
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Hadas Goldgeier
M.A thesis topic:
Spatial and stratigraphic analysis of the Late Natufian cemetery at Hilazon Tachtit Cave
M.A thesis Abstract:
The site of Hilazon Tachtit cave offers a unique window into a 12,000-year-old cemetery. The nature of preservation of site and the meticulous excavation techniques have allowed for a step-by-step reconstruction of the burial ceremony of a shaman. It is postulated that this high-resolution reconstruction can be projected to the rest of the site. Using CAD and GIS software, this study aims to reconstruct the different stages of use at this unique site, revealing complex ritual practices and interaction between ritual, space and landscape. Through detailed mapping of the entire man-made assemblage and the multiple burials, I intend to reconstruct the succession of inhumations and the activities that took place during the burials.
Research Interests:
  • Burial customs and ritual practice in Prehistory
  • Landscape archaeology and spatial analysis
  • Origins of agriculture
  • The Natufian Culture and Early Neolithic of the Levant
  • Computational applications in archaeology
Projects:
  • Nahal Ein Gev II Excavation Project since 2015
  • Computational Archaeology Laboratory since 2017
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Epi-Paleolithic 16000  BC – 8300 BC
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
Greenberg, Shlomo
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Shlomo Greenberg

:M.A. Thesis Topic

The Iron I stratum of Khirbet el-Rai

Projects:

  • Hazor excavations (since 2017)
  • Khirbet el-Rai excavations (since 2019)
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Khirbet Arai, Tel Hazor
Herzlinger, Gadi
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MA thesis topic:
Individual Patterns of Knapping on Experimental Handaxes
Projects:
  • The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov: multidisciplinary research project based on excavations carried out in 1989-1997 (directed by Prof. N. Goren-Inbar)
  • Excavations at the open-air Middle Paleolithic site of Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet
  • Experiment with down-slope movement of flint flakes
Research interests:
  • Taphonomy and post-depositional processes
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Flint knapping
  • Lithic Industries of the Lower Paleolithic in the Levant
Category: The Next Generation
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Hossin, Mustafa
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Mustafa Hossin
M.A. Thesis Title: Animals in private and public spaces: the case of Tiberias during the early Islamic period, 7th to 11th centuries. Abstract: Tabariya, the capital of Junnd al-Urdun (Jordan Province) since the 7th century, located on the west coast of the sea of Galilee, served as a fundamental metropolis in the fertile crescent between the Mediterranean Sea and Damascus. Since its foundation in the early first century, the city continued to flourish during geopolitical changes until the 12th century, when the Crusaders moved the city center north (Old city/Ottmanid City). Archaeological excavations in the last two decades have revealed the Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic city, including monumental public buildings, such as the city gates, Cardo street, perimeter Wall, Theater, Bath house, Churches and Mosque. The mosque, which served as “Jamii” (Friday mosque) is located between the east and west cardos, main streets with shops. The mosque and its purity may be offended due to the shops and their leftovers, which may be the reason why the prestigious building is bound by open dirt areas. Tiberias mosque is a rare case due the fact that it is the only mosque to be excavated in the 21th century and dating back to the early Islamic period (7th – 12th century). This mosque is the most valuable building concerning the daily-life religious, cultural and political affairs. Research on any factor relating to the mosque is bound to lead to new information. The archaeological excavation directed by D. Katia Cytryn since 2009 revealed private homes south of the mosque (Area M4) and shops west of the mosque (Area M1), which share the same wall. In both areas a large quantity of zoological finds, mainly animal bones were collected but are yet to be analyzed. It should be noted that live animals or animal bones are considered as impure in Islam. Thus, monumental mosques since the 9th century in Iraq and Egypt have a Zyiadaa, an extra frame enclosing the mosque, to keep it pure and clean. The zoological finds found in context with the Tiberias mosque, also Known as Masjid al-Yasmin (Jasmin Mosque), may therefore reveal the nutrition, economical level, sanitation and mobility of people at the city center. This type of study has not been conducted before. Projects:
  • Field Assistant to Khirbat al-Minya Project – October 2015-present
  • Staff Member of the New Tiberias Excavations Project – 2016-present
  • Staff Member of Khirbat Midras Excavations Project – 2018-present
  • Field Assistant to Eraq al-Ahmar, Nahal Kamos and Nahal Mamshit projects – 2017- present
  • Staff member in Mongolia Wall (Chinggis Road) project – July 2019
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Arab 634 AD – 1099 AD
Building Types: Mosque
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
Karasik, Avshalom
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Hebrew University.
Research Interests:
  • Typology and Classification of Ceramics
  • Computer Applications in Archaeology
  • Technological Aspects of Pottery Production
  • Typology and standardization of Royal Judean Storage Jars
  • Bronze and Iron ages at the Levant
  • The Bar-Kochva Revolt.
Ongoing Projects:
  • Excavations of Tel Dor, directed by Prof. Ilan Sharon (Hebrew University) and Dr. Ayelet Gilboa (Haifa University)
  • Survey at Kharuba: A village site near Modi’in where, according to the Talmudic tradition, the Bar-Kochva rebellion originated.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Intermediate Bronze (IB) 2400 BC – 2000 BC
Material Composition: Pottery
Knudson, Nadia
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Nadia B. Knudsen
University College London Archaeological Illustrator and Field Archaeologist Nadia recently received her MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East from the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. Her interests include the Bronze Age of the region, a focus which she continues to pursue in combination with her broad-based practical experience of archaeological illustration.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Legio (el-Lajjun): Roman Military Camp
Historical Research Focus: Intermediate Bronze (IB) 2400 BC – 2000 BC
Kraus, Nick
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Nick Kraus
Yale University Field Archaeologist Nick is a Ph.D. student at Yale University in Assyriology, studying the languages and history of Mesopotamia. His primary research interests are in intellectual and scholarly life in ancient Mesopotamia, as well as inter-regional contact in the Levant. In addition to the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, he is also involved in the ongoing Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Megiddo
Letteney, Mark
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Mark Letteney
Mark Letteney is a doctoral student at Princeton University, specializing in later Roman history. His work with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project focuses on development and deployment of novel forms of archaeological documentation and digital preservation. He is also the co-director of the Solomon’s Pools Archaeological Project in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Solomon’s Pools
Historical Research Focus: Late Roman 70 AD – 324 AD
Water System: Aqueduct
Meir-Weil, Toam
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Toam Meir-Weil
M.A. thesis topic: Egyptian Governors Residencies in the Late Bronze. Thesis summery: Egyptian Governors Residencies is an architectural type found in the southern Levant during the LBIIb period. The type was first introduced by Petrie in 1930, and since than it has become the main architectural type to be recognized with the Egyptian occupation of the southern Levant in the Late Bronze period (parallel to the New Kingdom in Egypt). Our understanding of the Egyptian presence in the southern Levant during the New Kingdom is still very basic, and there are many unresolved questions revolving the matter. My research aims to dismantle and reassemble this architectural type, using parallels from Nubia and Egypt. In doing so, I hope to reach a better understanding of some of the questions concerning the Egyptian occupation of our region.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Late Bronze (LB) 1500 BC – 1200 BC
Building Types: House
Nebenhaus, Keren
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Keren Nebenhaus
Research interests:
  • Prehistoric art
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Epipaleolithic cultures in the Southern Levant
  • 3D analysis of archaeological artifacts
Projects:
  • The Nahal Ein-Gev II Excavation Project
  • The Computational Archaeology Laboratory – research staff
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Early Paleolithic 150000 BC – 80000 BC
Wolfson, Mordechai
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Mordechai Wolfson
M.A. Research Topic: Dice and Board Games in the Private Sphere in Palestine During Late Antiquity Abstract: In my research, I plan to examine various aspects of dice and board games, in both the practical and cultural aspects. This research will include an analysis of the archaeological findings from Sepphoris in order to characterize and define the different games and comparing the Sepphoris findings to those from other sites. I will also examine the historical sources which have information about games in the Roman world in order to determine if the findings in Sepphoris match the sources. In addition, I will examine the Rabbinic sources concerning dice and board games. The goal of the research is twofold. First, to provide information about the games themselves, and second, to examine the attitude of the Sages toward these games and those who played them. Of special interest is to determine whether in a city like Sepphoris, with a mixed Jewish and Pagan population, is it possible to define specific games which were played by only one of the populations and not the other? Or were these games a meeting place between the Pagan population to the Jewish one? These are just some of the questions which arise from the research I would like to carry out.
Research Interests:
  • The Classical periods in Israel.
  • The relation between texts and Archaeology, especially Rabbinic texts (“Talmudic Archaeology”).
  • The relationship between the Jewish and Gentile population in Israel during the Roman-Byzantine period.
Projects:
  • Thesis about dice and board games in Palestine during Late antiquity.
  • Sepphoris excavation team.
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Late Roman 70 AD – 324 AD
Yashuv, Talia
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Talia Yashuv
M.A. Thesis topic: Perforated items and perforating tools – reconstructing Late Natufian crafts at Nahal Ein-Gev II Abstract At the late Natufian site of Nahal Ein-Gev II, flint perforators are highly abundant. Alongside them, several groups of perforated items are evident as being crafted on site. Among them drilled shell disc beads are known in the Natufian ornamentation tradition. A group of perforated stones, however, does not appear in a Natufian context, and their function is not clear. The current study focuses on the stone items, on describing their morphology, analysing the early drilling technology, and illuminating functional aspects. Research methodology uses 3-D scans that extract high-resolution geometrical data, and processing it with analytical tools developed at the Computerized Archaeological Laboratory (Hebrew University). Together, practical experimentation is designed to answer technological questions, and the experimental items are scanned for comparison. Consequently, it is possible to approach the technology of early hole-making, quantify the variation between different drilled holes, compare between perforating tools and perforated items, and identify details regarding the perforated stones use-wear and function. More generally, this study is an attempt to reconstruct a variety of crafts held at the Natufian village, and to shed light upon new daily life aspects of a complex culture in the transition to agriculture.
Research Interest
  • The transition to agriculture
  • The Natufian and Early Neolithic cultures
  • Ground stone tools
  • Evolution of drilling technology and crafts
  • 3D analysis of archaeological artifacts
Current Projects
  • The Computational Archaeological Laboratory– research staff since 2016
  • Nahal Ein-Gev II excavation project – excavating from 2013, staff from 2017
  • Motsa PPNB excavations – Israel Antiquities Authority, since 2018
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Zeigen, Chen
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Chen Zeigen
M.A. Thesis summary: In my research I attempt to retrieve paleomagnetic intensity and directional data from two types of common Middle Paleolithic artifacts; burnt chert and burnt sediments remaining from hearths. In the absence of polar reversal events after 760 Ky Bp, archaeomagnetic studies rarely focus on late Pleistocene sites and there is little knowledge of archaeological artifacts from this period that can provide a point-in-time recording of the earth’s magnetic field. My research, therefore, has two focal points:
  1. Establishing the utility of the aforementioned materials as paleomagnetic recorders;
  2. Exploring ways in which paleomagnetic data can contribute to our understanding of formation processes in Amud cave.
Current Projects:
Tinshemet cave excavations, since 2018
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Zilberstsein, Ayala
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Ayala Zilberstein
M.A. Thesis Topic: The lower city of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period in light of new excavations (1995-2010).
Projects: 
Givati Parking Lot excavations (Management Team) – the City of David, Jerusalem. (Field work and publication of the stone objects and other findings).
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
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Abadi, Itay
Hebrew University. Ph.D dissertation topic: The End of the Upper Palaeolithic and the Begining of the Epipalaeolithic in the Southern Levant … Read More
Category: The Next Generation
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Agam, Aviad
Tel Aviv University, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations PhD Student. Research interests include lithic technology and flint raw material procurement and exploitation strategies in Palaeol… Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Aviv University
Historical Research Focus: Neolithic 8300  BC – 4500 BC
Material Composition: Flint
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Ashkenazi, Hai
Tel Aviv University, Archaeology, Department Member; On the Collective Ethos of Fortification in the Levantine Bronze Age. https://telaviv.academia.edu/HaiAshkenazi … Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Tel Aviv University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Bronze (MB) 2000 – 1500 BC
Building Types: Fort
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Ben-Hain, Asaf
M.A. thesis topic: Architectural Decoration at Herodium Focus on the architectural decoration found at Herodium, the first century BCE palace of King Herod and on the sources of cultural influence, which can be inferre… Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Herodium
Historical Research Focus: Babylonian/Persian 586 BC – 332 BC
Settlement Types: Town
Building Types: Palace
Building Material: Stone
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Centi, Laura
Ph.D. dissertation topic: The lithic assemblages of units II and I of Nesher Ramla, ca 150-80 ka BP. Reconstructing the occupational history of a unique site in the framework of the Levantine Middle Paleolithic. Research I… Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
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Cohen Klonymus, Haggai
M.A. thesis topic: The Groundstone Tools Assemblage of the Iron Age Period at Qeiyafa: Typology, Spatial Analysis and Cultural Aspects. Areas of interest: Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age … Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University, Khirbet Qeiyafa, Khirbet Wadi Hamam, Mamilla Cemetery, Shikmona, Tel Asawir, (aka En Asur) , Tel Rehov, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology
Historical Research Focus: Chalcolithic 4500 BC – 3150 BC
Material Composition: Flint
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
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Cohen, Rotem
Rotem Cohen M.A. Thesis Topic: Graffiti between Gentiles and Jews: Graffiti Art as an expression of the identity in Jerusalem and it… Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
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Ekshtain, Ravid
Ph.D. dissertation topic: Reconstructing Middle Paleolithic Mobility in The Levant: A Raw Material Perspective. Advisors: Dr. Erella Hovers (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Shimon Ilani (The Geological Su… Read More
Category: The Next Generation
Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Material Composition: Flint
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Friedrnan, Neta
Neta Friedman M.A. Thesis Topic: GIS Analysis of Subsistence Strategies and Mobility Patterns during the Middle and Late Epipaleolithic in the Neg… Read More
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Gardner-Cook, Ryan
Ryan Gardner-Cook Assistant Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project Advanced Physical Survey Assistant Area Supervisor, Legio E… Read More
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Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project
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Gekht, Yuli
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem M.A. in Archaeology. Thesis subject:  A Hellenistic Public Structure in Area D at Dor: Stratigraphy, Date, Identification and Architectural Analysis Work Experience: Researc… Read More
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Tags: Tel Dor, Hebrew University
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Goldgeier, Hadas
Hadas Goldgeier M.A thesis topic: Spatial and stratigraphic analysis of the Late Natufian cemetery at Hilazon Tachtit Cave … Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Epi-Paleolithic 16000  BC – 8300 BC
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
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Greenberg, Shlomo
Shlomo Greenberg :M.A. Thesis Topic The Iron I stratum of Khirbet el-Rai… Read More
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Tags: Hebrew University, Khirbet Arai, Tel Hazor
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Herzlinger, Gadi
MA thesis topic: Individual Patterns of Knapping on Experimental Handaxes Projects: The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov: multidisciplinary research project based on excavations carried out in 1989-199… Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
Material Composition: Flint
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Hossin, Mustafa
Mustafa Hossin M.A. Thesis Title: Animals in private and public spaces: the case of Tiberias during the early Islamic period, 7th to 11th centu… Read More
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Tags: Hebrew University
Historical Research Focus: Arab 634 AD – 1099 AD
Building Types: Mosque
Excavation Site Characteristics: human or animal remains
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Karasik, Avshalom
Hebrew University. Research Interests: Typology and Classification of Ceramics Computer Applications in Archaeology Technological Aspects of Pottery Production… Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Intermediate Bronze (IB) 2400 BC – 2000 BC
Material Composition: Pottery
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Knudson, Nadia
Nadia B. Knudsen University College London Archaeological Illustrator and Field Archaeologist Nadia recently received her MA in the Archaeolog… Read More
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Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Legio (el-Lajjun): Roman Military Camp
Historical Research Focus: Intermediate Bronze (IB) 2400 BC – 2000 BC
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Kraus, Nick
Nick Kraus Yale University Field Archaeologist Nick is a Ph.D. student at Yale University in Assyriology, studying the languages and history o… Read More
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Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Megiddo
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Letteney, Mark
Mark Letteney Mark Letteney is a doctoral student at Princeton University, specializing in later Roman history. His work with the Jezreel Valley Regional… Read More
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Tags: Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Solomon’s Pools
Historical Research Focus: Late Roman 70 AD – 324 AD
Water System: Aqueduct
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Meir-Weil, Toam
Toam Meir-Weil M.A. thesis topic: Egyptian Governors Residencies in the Late Bronze. Thesis summery: Egyptian Governors Residencies is an architectural type found in the sout… Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Late Bronze (LB) 1500 BC – 1200 BC
Building Types: House
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Nebenhaus, Keren
Keren Nebenhaus Research interests: Prehistoric art Anthropology of religion Epipaleolithic… Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Early Paleolithic 150000 BC – 80000 BC
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Wolfson, Mordechai
Mordechai Wolfson M.A. Research Topic: Dice and Board Games in the Private Sphere in Palestine During Late Antiquity Abstract: … Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Late Roman 70 AD – 324 AD
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Yashuv, Talia
Talia Yashuv M.A. Thesis topic: Perforated items and perforating tools – reconstructing Late Natufian crafts at Nahal Ein-Gev II… Read More
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Zeigen, Chen
Chen Zeigen M.A. Thesis summary: In my research I attempt to retrieve paleomagnetic intensity and directional data from two types of common Middle P… Read More
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Historical Research Focus: Middle Paleolithic 80000 BC – 40000 BC
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Zilberstsein, Ayala
Ayala Zilberstein M.A. Thesis Topic: The lower city of Jerusalem during the Second Temple period in light of new excavations (1995-2010). … Read More
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