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Prof. Erella Hovers

Prof. Erella Hovers


Ph.D. 1998, Hebrew University

Research Interests:

  • Plio-Pleistocene archaeology in East Africa
  • The Middle Paleolithic of the Levant
  • The evolution of symbolism and art
  • Lithic technology
  • Subsistence and mobility (land-use strategies) of early hominins
  • Taphonomy and site formation processes
  • Archaeological theory

Ongoing Projects:

  • Man and Environment in Nahal Amud in the Upper Pleistocene
  • Excavations in the Early Stone Age site of Melka Wakena, south central Ethiopia (with T. Gossa Aredo, A. Asrat, P. Renne, Elizabeth Niespolo, B. Martinez-Navarro)
  • Excavation and publication of the Middle Stone Age site of Goda Buticha, southeast Ethiopia (with D. Pleurdeau, A. Leplongeon, C. Tribal, O. Pearson, Z. Assefa, A. Asrat)
  • The Neandertal site of Amud Cave, Israel : excavations (1991-1994) and publication of interdisciplinary research results (with Y. Rak, W. Kimbel, R. Rabinovich, P. Goldberg, Y. Goren, M. Madella and others).
  • Late Pliocene archaeology in Hadar, Northern Ethiopia: excavations (1994, 2000-2002) and publication of interdisciplinary research results (with C. Feibel, B. Martinze-Navarro, T. Goldman, C. Campisano, W. Kimbel and others).
  • Excavations in the Middle Paleolithic open-air site of 'Ein Qashish'

Graduate Students:

M.A. students:

Current: Masha Krakovsky, Chen Zeigen
Mae Goder (graudated 1997); Nira Alperson (graduated 2001); Talia Goldman (graduated 2004); Rachel Pear (graduated 2004); Hila Ashkenazi (graduated 2005); Ravid Ekhstian (graduated 2006); Ariel Malinsky-Buller (graduated 2008); Micka Ullman (graduated 2015); Nadav Nir (graduated 2016)

Ph.D. Students:

Current: Laura Centi; Tegenu Gossa; Netta Mitki;
Mae Goder (graduated 2015); Ravid Ekshtain (graduated 2015); Ariel Malinsky-Buller (graduated 2015)

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