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Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar

Prof. Naama Goren-Inbar


Ph.D. 1982, Hebrew University

Research Interests:

  • Old World prehistory
  • The Lower and Middle Pleistocene
  • Morpho-technology and typology of stone artifacts
  • The Acheulian and Mousterian Technocomplexes
  • Paleoclimate, paleoenvironment and paleoecology of the Great African Rift Valley
  • The evolution of human behavior
  • Site formation processes
  • Human dispersals and colonization: Out of Africa
  • Pre-Pottery Neolithic quarries

Current Projects:

  • Head of Israel Science Foundation "Centers of Excellence" grant entitled: The effect of climate change on the environment and hominins of the Upper Jordan Valley between ca. 800Ka and 700Ka ago as a basis for prediction of future scenarios.

  • Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov: Area C

  • Taphonomy of large mammals at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov; with R. Rabinovich, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser and Lutz Kindler, R׌misch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz, Germany (German-Israeli Foundation - GIF)
  • Evidence of fire and its possible control at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov; with N. Alperson-Afil (HUJ)
  • Evidence of controlled fire and thermoluminescence dating at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov; with D. Richter, Max Planck, Leipzig, Germany [GIF])
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Early-Middle Pleistocene Hula Valley: a multidisciplinary study of stable isotopes and paleontology; with S. Ashkenazi, B. Spiro and H. Mienes (HUJ)
  • Reconstruction of the Early-Middle Pleistocene Hula Valley vegetation and the hominid diet - the paleobotanical remains; with Y. Melamed and M. E. Kislev (Bar-Ilan University)
  • The ichthyological assemblages (taxonomy and paleoecology) of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov; with I. Zohar (HUJ)
  • The Acheulian lithic assemblages of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov with N. Alperson-Afil and G. Sharon (HUJ)
  • A database of Acheulian sites in Israel; with N. Alperson-Afil (HUJ)
  • Beyond biface morphology: a new approach (3D) to the analysis of biface morphotype variability; with G. Sharon, L. Grosman and U. Smilansky (HUJ)
  • 3-D digitized archive of the bifacial tools of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov; with G. Sharon (HUJ)
  • Pre-Pottery Neolithic quarries - the case of Kaizer Hill, Modi'in; with L. Grosman (HUJ)

Selected Publications
Abstract of Current Research
Gesher Benot Ya'aqov