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Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar

Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov

Abstract of Current Research:

A multidisciplinary research project is being conducted at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, situated on the east bank of the Jordan River. Entitled "Hominid Adaptation and Paleoenvironments at the Site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov," this project focuses on various aspects of Early/Middle Pleistocene occupations in a geographical locale distant from Africa, yet situated within the African Red Sea Rift System.

Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov: View north of bridges

In the course of seven field seasons (1989-1991; 1995-1996), deposits over 30 m thick, tilted in a 20 to 45 degree dip due to the vigorous tectonic activity typical of this area, have been examined, documented and partially excavated. Several Acheulian sites were identified, which were found to be extremely rich in stone artifacts as well as in organic material (wood, bark, seeds and fruits) - a rare phenomenon in the Mediterranean climatic zone. (Over twenty specialists from various institutions in Israel and abroad are participating in this multidisciplinary research.) The intended comparison between hominid adaptive strategies in Africa and in Southwestern Asia will be of great importance for anthropological research.