Hadas Goldgeier


PhD. thesis topic: Prehistoric Architecture

Advisor: Prof. Leore Grosman

M.A thesis topic: Spatial and stratigraphic analysis of the Late Natufian cemetery at Hilazon Tachtit Cave

M.A thesis Abstract:

The site of Hilazon Tachtit cave offers a unique window into a 12,000-year-old cemetery. The nature of preservation of site and the meticulous excavation techniques have allowed for a step-by-step reconstruction of the burial ceremony of a shaman. It is postulated that this high-resolution reconstruction can be projected to the rest of the site. Using CAD and GIS software, this study aims to reconstruct the different stages of use at this unique site, revealing complex ritual practices and interaction between ritual, space and landscape. Through detailed mapping of the entire man-made assemblage and the multiple burials, I intend to reconstruct the succession of inhumations and the activities that took place during the burials.   

Research Interests:

  • Burial customs and ritual practice in Prehistory
  • Landscape archaeology and spatial analysis
  • Origins of agriculture
  • The Natufian Culture and Early Neolithic of the Levant
  • Computational applications in archaeology


  • Nahal Ein Gev II Excavation Project since -  research assistant - 2015
  • Hilazon Tachtit Cave project digitization and documentation - research assistant - since 2014
  • Computational Archaeology Laboratory - research assistant - since 2017


  • Grosman, L., D. Shaham, F. Valletta, I. Abadi, H. Goldgeier, N. Klein, L. Dubreuil & N.D. Munro, 2017. A Human Face Carved on a pebble from the Late Natufian Site of Nahal Ein Gev II. Antiquity 91(38).
  • Birkenfeld, M., Kolska Horwitz, L., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D., Cummings, L.S., Goldgeier, H., Krakovsky, M., Natalio, F., Nebenhaus, K., Neumann, F., Porat, N., Scott, L., Simmons, L., Yashuv, T. & Uzi Avner. 2019. Investigations at Naḥal Roded 110 - a Late Neolithic ritual site in the Southern Negev. Antiquity 93(367).
  • Goldgeier, H., Munro, N.D., & Grosman, L. 2019. Remembering a Sacred Place – The Depositional History of Hilazon Tachtit, a Natufian Burial Cave. Journal of Anthropological Anthropology 56:1-9.