Ph.D. dissertation topic: Hominid behavioral patterns at the end of MIS 6. Unit III of the Middle Paleolithic open-air site at Nesher Ramla, Israel, as case study.
Advisors: Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar and Dr. Yossi Zaidner
For the period around 145 kys (end of MIS 6), the Levantine Middle Paleolithic remains relatively poor in data (ie cave and open-air sites and significant lithic assemblages).
The open-air site of Nesher Ramla, discovered during quarry activities, yielded an important 8 meters thick stratigraphic sequence divided into 6 units (I-VI) from MIS 6 to MIS 4 (~ 170- 78 ka BP).
My Phd research is based on the lithic assemblage from the Unit III which is dated to the end of MIS 6.
This unit presents, unlike most of the others units, a well defined thin layer of around 30 cm composed of several artifactís concentrations
(n=22) and combustion features. These concentrations, which some of them can be more than one meter wide, were formed by accumulation of stones,
faunal remains and lithic industries. A sample of 10,200 lithic pieces is taking into account for this study in order to shed light on three major topics:
By analyzing the typo-technological attributes of the lithic artifacts, the raw material economy, the refits and the spatial distribution
of the finds within the site, my aim is to provide a better understanding concerning the hominidís land use strategies, site function,
site organization and human adaptation to open-air environment at the end of MIS 6 in southern Levant.
- Technological behavior
- Spatial behavior
- Settlement pattern behavior
Areas of interests
- Lithic technology
- Levantine Middle Paleolithic
- Spatial analysis
- Anatolian prehistory