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Dr. Yossi Zaidner

List of Publications:

Books and edited volumes

  1. Zaidner Y. accepted for publication. Lithic production strategies at the Early Pleistocene site of Bizat Ruhama, Israel. BAR International Series.
  2. Sharon G., Zaidner Y. and Hovers E. in prep. Opportunities, problems and future directions in the study of open-air Middle Palaeolithic sites. Quaternary International, special issue.

Referred articles

  1. Nadel D. and Zaidner Y. 2002. Upper Pleistocene and Middle Holocene net sinkers from the Sea of Galilee, Israel. Mitekufat Haeven, Journal of Israeli Prehistoric Society 32: 49-73.
  2. Nadel D, Tsatskin A., Bar-Yosef Mayer D.E, Belmaker M., Kislev M.E., Rabinovich R., Simmons T., Weiss E., Zohar I., Asfur O., Emmer G., Ghraiev T., Grinberg U., Halabi H., Weissbrod L. and Zaidner Y. 2002. The Ohalo II 1999-2000 seasons of excavations: A preliminary Report. Mitekufat Haeven, Journal of Israeli Prehistoric Society 32: 17-48.
  3. Zaidner Y., Ronen A. and Burdukiewicz J.-M. 2003. The Lower Paleolithic microlithic industry of Bizat Ruhama, Israel. L’Anthropologie 107: 203-222.
  4. Weinstein-Evron M, Bar-Oz G., Zaidner Y., Tsatskin A., Druck D. and Porat N. 2003. Introducing Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel: a new continuous Lower/Middle Paleolithic sequence in the Levant. Eurasian Prehistory 1: 31-55.
  5. Nadel D., Tsatskin A., Bar-Yosef Mayer D.E., Belmaker M., Boaretto E., Kislev M.E., Hershkovitz I., Rabinovich R., Simchoni O., Simmons T., Weiss E., Zohar I., Emmer G., Ghraieb T., Grinberg U., Spivak P., Weissbrod L. and Zaidner Y. 2003. The Ohalo II 2001 season of excavation: A preliminary report. Mitekufat Haeven, Journal of Israeli Prehistoric Society 33: 9-36.
  6. Zaidner Y., Druck D., Nadler M. and Weinstein-Evron M. 2005. The Acheulo-Yabrudian of Jamal Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. Mitekufat Haeven, Journal of Israeli Prehistoric Society 35: 93-116.
  7. Zaidner Y., Yeshurun R., Mallol C. 2010. Early Pleistocene hominins outside of Africa: Recent excavations at Bizat Ruhama, Israel. PaleoAnthropology 2010: 162-195.
  8. Mallol C., VanNieuwenhuyse D., Zaidner Y. 2011. Depositional and paleoenvironmental setting of the Bizat Ruhama Early Pleistocene Archaeological Assemblages (Northern Negev, Israel): A Microstratigraphic Perspective. GeoArchaeology 26: 118-141.
  9. Yeshurun, R., Zaidner, Y., Eisenmann, V., Martínez-Navarro, B., Bar-Oz, G. 2011. Lower Paleolithic Hominin Ecology at the Fringe of the Desert: Faunal Remains from Bizat Ruhama and Nahal Hesi, Northern Negev, Israel. Journal of Human Evolution 60: 492-507.
  10. Weinstein-Evron M., Tsatskin A., Zaidner Y., Bar-Oz G., Yeshurun R., Shachak-Gross R., Weiner S., Lev-Yadun S., Frumkin A. 2012. A window onto Early Middle Paleolithic human occupational layers: The case of Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. PaleoAnthropology 2012: 202-228.
  11. Nadel D., Lambert A., Bosset G., Bocquentin F., Rosenberg D., Yeshurun R., Weissbrod L., Tsatskin A., Bachrach N., Bar-Matthews M., Ayalon A., Zaidner Y., Beeri R. and Greenberg H. 2012. The 2010 and 2011 seasons of excavation at Raqefet Cave. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 42: 35-73.
  12. Zaidner Y. 2011. The Core-and-Flake Industry of Bizat Ruhama, Israel: Assessing Early Pleistocene Cultural Affinities. In: LeTensorer, J.-M., Jagher R., Otte, M. (Eds.), The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic in the Middle East and Neighboring Regions. Etudes et Recherches Archéologiques de l’Université de Liège (ERAUL), pp. 13-24.
  13. Zaidner Y. 2013. Adaptive flexibility of Oldowan hominins: secondary use of flakes at Bizat Ruhama, Israel. PLoS ONE 8(6): e66851. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0066851
  14. Valladas, H., Mercier, N., Hershkovitz, I., Zaidner, Y. Tsatskin, A., Yeshurun, R., Vialettes, L., Joron, J-L., Reyss, J-L., Weinstein-Evron, M. 2013. Dating the Lower Middle Paleolithic transition in the Levant: a view from Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. Journal of Human Evolution 65: 585-593.
  15. Yaroshevich A., Zaidner Y. and Weinstein-Evron M. in press. Evidence of hunting weapon variability in the Early Middle Paleolithic of the Levant. A view from Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel. In R. Iovita and K. Sano (eds.), Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Book Series, Springer, Dodrecht.
  16. Friesem D., Zaidner Y., Shahack-Gross R. in press. Formation Processes and Combustion Features at the Lower Layers of the Middle Palaeolithic Open-air Site of Nesher Ramla, Israel. Quaternary International,
  17. Barsky D., Garcia J., Martínez K., Sala R, Zaidner Y, Carbonell E, Moyano I. T. in press. The significance of flake modification in Early and Early-Middle Pleistocene stone tool assemblages of Western Europe. Quaternary International,
  18. Zaidner Y., Frumkin A, Porat N., Tsaskin A., Yeshurun R., Weisbrod L. in press. A series of Mousterian occupations in a new type of site: The Nesher Ramle karst depression, Israel. Journal of Human Evolution.
  19. Weissbrod L. and Zaidner Y. in press. Taphonomy and paleoecological implications of fossorial microvertebrates at the Middle Paleolithic open-air site of Nesher Ramla, Israel. Quaternary International,
  20. Tsatskin A. and Zaidner Y. in press. Later phases of the Mousterian occupation at Nesher Ramla, Israel: complexity of a depositional record. Quaternary International.


  1. Zaidner Y. and Weinstein-Evron M. Making a point: The early Mousterian tool-kit at Misliya Cave, Israel. Submitted to Before Farming.

Chapters in books and conference proceedings (non-referred)

  1. Zaidner Y. 2002. Double-notched pebbles from Ohalo II: the earliest evidence for the use of net sinkers in the Levant. In D. Nadel (ed.), Ohalo II – A 23,000 Fishers-Hunters- Getters Camp in the Sea of Galilee. Museum Hecht, Haifa University, pp. 49-52.
  2. Zaidner Y. 2003. The use of raw material at the Lower Palaeolithic site Bizat Ruhama, Israel. In: J.M. Burdukiewicz and A. Ronen (eds.), Lower Palaeolithic small tools in Europe and the Levant, British Archaeological Reports, S1115, Oxford, pp. 121-132.
  3. Bar-Oz G., Weinstein-Evron M., Livne P. and Zaidner Y. 2004. Fragments of information: preliminary taphonomic results from excavations at the breccia layers of Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. In T. O. Connor (ed.), Biosphere to Lithosphere: New Studies in Vertebrate Taphonomy. Oxbow Press, pp. 126-134.
  4. Zaidner Y, Dotan D. and Weinstein-Evron M. 2006. Acheulo-Yabrudian handaxes from Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. In N. Goren-Inbar and G. Sharon (eds.), Axe Age: Acheulian Tool-making from Quarry to Discard. Equinox, London, pp. 243-266.

Other publications

  1. Zaidner Y. 2008. Review on: Sharon G., Acheulian Large Flake Industries: Technology, Chronology and Significance. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 38: 277-280. (book review).
  2. Weinstein-Evron M., Zaidner Y. , Tsatskin A., Shahack-Gross R., Weiner S., Frumkin A.,Yeshurun R., Bar-Oz G., Lev-Yadun S., Valladas H., Mercier N., Hershkovitz I., 2010. The Early Middle Paleolithic of Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. PaleoAnthropology 2010 (abstract, available at
  3. Zaidner Y. Cores-on-Flakes and Worked Flakes in an Early Pleistocene Context: New Evidence from the Oldowan-like Site of Bizat Ruhama, Israel. PaleoAnthropology 2012 (abstract, available at

In preparation

  1. Bar-Yosef Mayer D., Zaidner Y., Yeshurun R., Weinstein-Evron M. Aquatic resources exploitation in the Middle Pleistocene of Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel: modern human behavior revisited.
  2. Hershkovitz I., Zaidner Y. and Weinstein-Evron M. Early Middle Paleolithic Human Remains from Misliya Cave (Israel) and the quest for early anatomical modern humans.
  3. Zaidner Y. and Grosman L. Side-scrapers' recycling in the Levantine Middle Paleolithic: a view from Nesher Ramla, Israel.
  4. Zaidner Y. An experimental approach to study of the Early Pleistocene core reduction technology: a view from Bizat Ruhama, Israel.
  5. Zaidner Y. Acheulian chaînes opératoires at Nahal Hesi, Israel.