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Tiki Steiner

Tiki Steiner


Topic of M.A. thesis: An Archaezoological Analysis of Locus I in the Epipaleolithic Site of Ohalo II

Advisor: Dr. Rivka Rabinovich


The topic of my M.A. is a detailed archaeozoological analysis of faunal remains in Locus I of the site Ohalo II, using quantitative, qualitative and spatial data to understand the role of faunal remains in the early Epipaleolithic. Faunal analysis plays an important role in understanding prehistoric economy, settlement patterns, local ecology and many other aspects of prehistoric research. A study of Ohalo specifically provides a unique opportunity for detailed analysis due to the excellent preservation of faunal and botanical materials at the water-logged site.
The project focuses on three main topics. The first is a traditional zooarchaeological analysis of faunal remains, taking into account questions of taphonomy and preservation. The second is identification of burning on fanal bones in a water-logged site, using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The third topic of research is a spatial analysis of the bones using GIS mapping. l I hope to further our understanding of life at the Upper Paleolithic/Epipaleolithic transition, a period with relatively few large, well-preserved, sites in Israel and seminal to our understanding of the great changes taking place during the Epipaleolithic.


  • 2011- present: The National Natural History Collections, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
    • Organization and building of database for the Rodent and Small Mammal collections.
    • Organization and building of Herpetelogical and Amphibian collection.
    • General lab work within the collections; organization, student assistance and preparation of specimens for entry into collections.
  • 2011-2012: Nahal Ein Gev II
  • 2012-2015 The Origin of Agriculture and Sedentary Communities in Northeast China Project
  • 2014- Field preservation of bones at Nahal Mahanayim Outlet (NMO)
  • 2015- Erk-el Ahmar excavations

General Interests:

Zooarchaeology, Prehistoric Economy, Upper Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic of the Southern Levant, Agricultural Development in Northeast China, Bone Taphonomy, FTIR