Prof. Leore Grosman

Head of the Prehistoric Archaeology Department
Head of Computational Archaeology Laboratory

Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, in the prehistoric archaeology department. 

Research Interests: The transition from a hunting and gathering economic base to food production 12,000 years ago, Prehistoric burial customs: the appearance of cemeteries in prehistoric settlements, Aspects of Epi-Paleolithic flint technology, Rock Cup-Marks Function and Context, Study of the characteristic patterns of Post Depositional Damage, Development of mathematical and computational methods to assist in archaeological research: computer simulations, 3D technology (at Computational Archaeology lab), Excavation at the Late Natufian site of Nahal Ein Gev II.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Excavation project at the Late Natufian site of Nahal Ein Gev II in the Upper Jordan Valley
  • Excavations at Hilazon Tachtit cave, Western Galilee (1997-2008)
  • The study and publication of the Natufian assemblages from Hayonim Cave, Galilee
  • The study of the burials and graves from the Natufian layers at Hayonim Cave and Hilazon Tachtit Cave
  • The study of cup-marks from Natufian and Neolithic sites
  • Application of 3D scanning technology for archaeological research - Computational Archaeology lab
  • AgSub computer simulation for understanding the dynamic turn from hunter-gatherers to food producers

Teaching Topics:

  • Introduction to Levantine Archaeology
  • The Origins of Agriculture: Levant, America and China
  • Transitional Periods in Prehistory
  • Archaeology of Greece
  • Introduction to Prehistory
  • Absolute Dating Methods
  • Quaternary: Upper Paleolithic and Epi-Paleolithic
  • Issues in Archaeological Science
  • Computational Archaeology

Garduate Students (in the past and present)

PhD Students:

Francesco Valletta (current)

Ortal Harush (current)

Antoine Muller (current)

Lena Dubinsky (current)

Hadas Goldgeier (current)

M.A. Students:

Talia Yashuv (current)

Timna Raz (current)

Keren Nebenhaus (current)Noa Kein (graduated 2013)

Efraim Wallach (graduated 2013)

Netanel Paz (graduated 2016)

Ahiad Ovadia (graduated 2016; currently the curator of prehistoric cultures at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem)

Selected Publications 

For for list of publications click here 

  • Grosman, L., G. Sharon, T. Goldman-Neuman and U. Smilansky. 2011. 3D modeling – new method for quantifying post-depositional damages. In: SCCH 2009 Scientific Computing and Cultural Heritage. Eds. M. Winckler and G. Bock, pp1-22. Springer, Berlin.
  • Grosman, L., and N. Goren Inbar. 2010. Evidence in Rock – A Neolithic Quarry at Kaizer Hill, Modi’in. In: New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region. Eds. D. Amit, O. Peleg -Barkat and G. Stiebel, pp. 40-53. The Hebrew University and Israel Antiquity Authority, Jerusalem. (In Hebrew).
  • Dubreuil, L., and L. Grosman. 2013. The Life History of Macrolithic tools at Hilazon Tachtit Cave. In: Natufian Foragers in the Levant. Eds. O. Bar-Yosef and F. Valla, pp 527-543. International Monographs in Prehistory, Ann Arbor.
  • Grosman, L. 2013. The Natufian chronological scheme – new insights and their implications. In: Natufian Foragers in the Levant. Eds. O. Bar-Yosef and F. Valla, pp 622-635. International Monographs in Prehistory, Ann Arbor.
  • Munro, ND. and Grosman, L. In Press. The Forager-Farmer Transition in the Southern Levant (ca. 20,000-8,500 cal. BP). In The Social Archaeology of the Levant: From Prehistory to the Present. Eds. A. Yasur-Landau, E Cline and Y. Rowan.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Belfer-Cohen, A., and L. Grosman. 1997. The Lithic Assemblage of Salibiya I. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society - Mitekufat Haeven 27: 19-42.
  • Grosman, L. 2003. Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability: The Late Natufian of the Hilly Mediterranean Zone. Current Anthropology 4/4: 571-580. 
  • Grosman, L., H. Ashkenazi, and A. Belfer-Cohen. 2006. Nahal Oren Natufian Lithic Assemblage. Paléorient 31/2: 5-25.
  • Grosman, L., and N. Goren-Inbar.  2007. “Taming” Rocks and Changing Landscapes: A New Interpretation of the Neolithic Cupmarks. Current Anthropology 48/5:732-740.
  • Grosman, L., and N. D. Munro. 2007. The Sacred and the Mundane:  Domestic Activities at a Late Natufian Burial Site in the Levant. Before Farming 4/4: 1-14.
  • Grosman, L., O. Smikt, and U. Smilansky. 2008. On the application of 3-D scanning technology for the documentation and typology of lithic artifacts. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 3101–3110.
  • Grosman, L., N. Munro, and A. Belfer-Cohen. 2008. A 12,000 year old Shaman Burial from the Southern Levant (Israel). Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 105/46: 17665–17669.
  • Dubreuil, L., and L. Grosman. 2009.  Evidence of hide-working with ochre at Hilazon Tachtit (Israel): implications for Natufian site function. Antiquity 83: 935–954.
  • Grosman, L., G. Sharon, O. Smikt, and U. Smilansky. 2011. Quantifying Breakage Damage on Experimental Bifaces using 3D scanning. Journal of Human Evolution 60 (4): 398-406. 
  • Grosman, L., Y. Goldsmith, and U. Smilansky. 2011.  Morphological Analysis of Nahal Zihor Handaxes: A Chronological Perspective. PaleoAnthropology 2011: 203−215. 
  • Grosman, L., N. Munro and A. Belfer-Cohen. 2009. The Shaman from Hilazon Tachtit cave. Qadmoniot 137: 22-24. (In Hebrew).
  • Munro, D. N., and L. Grosman. 2010. Early evidence (ca. 12,000 B.P.) for feasting at a burial cave in Israel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA) 107 (35): 15362–15366.  
  • Malinsky-Buller, A., L. Grosman, and O. Marder. 2011. A case of techno-typological lithic variability & continuity in the late Lower Palaeolithic. Before Farming 2011/1 article 3.  
  • Grosman, L., A. Karasik, and U. Smilansky. 2012. Archaeology in 3-D: new computational methods in Archaeology. Qadmoniot 144:106-114 (In Hebrew).
  • Grosman L., A. Karasik, O. Harush, and U. Smilansky. 2014. Archaeology in Three Dimensions. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage studies (JEMAHS) 2:48-64.
  • Avshalom K., Z. Greenhut, J. Uziel, N. Szanton, L. Grosman, I. Zandbank, and U. Smilansky. 2014. Documentation and Analyses on the National Scale at the Israel Antiquities Authority: The Story of One (Broken) Sherd. Near Eastern Archaeology 77 (3): 214-218.
  • Grosman L., N. D. Munro, I. Abadi, E. Boaretto, D. Shaham, A. Belfer-Cohen, O. Bar-Yosef. 2016. Nahal Ein Gev II, a Late Natufian Community at the Sea of Galilee. PLoS ONE 11 (1):e0146647.
  • Grosman L.,  N.D. Munro. 2016. A Natufian Ritual Event. Current Anthropology 57, 311-331.
  • Grosman L., 2016. Reaching the point of no return: Computation Revolution in Archaeology. Annual Review of Anthropology 45: 129-145
  • Hartman G., O. Bar-Yosef, A. Brittingham, L. Grosman and N. Munro. 2016. Hunted gazelles evidence cooling, but not drying, during the Younger Dryas in the southern Levant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 3997-4002.
  • Klein N., A. Belfer-Cohen and L. Grosman. 2017. Bone Tools as the Paraphernalia of Ritual Activities: A Case Study from Hilazon Tachtit Cave. Eurasian Prehistory 13:91–104.
  • Sharon G., A. Barash, D. Eisenberg-Degen, L. Grosman, M. Oron, and U. Berger. 2017. Monumental megalithic burial and rock art tell a new story about the Levant Intermediate Bronze “Dark Ages”. PLoS ONE 12 (3), e0172969.
  • Herzlinger, G., N. Goren-Inbar, and L. Grosman, L., 2017. A new method for 3D geometric morphometric shape analysis: The case study of handaxe knapping skill. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 14:163-173.
  • Grosman, L., D. Shaham, F. Valletta, I. Abadi, H. Goldgeier, N. Klein, L. Dubreuil, and N.D. Munro. 2017. A human face carved on a pebble from the Late Natufian site of Nahal Ein Gev II. Antiquity 91.
  • Herzlinger, G., and L. Grosman. 2018. AGMT3-D: A software for 3-D landmarks-based geometric morphometric shape analysis of archaeological artifacts. PLoS ONE 13 (11):e0207890.
  • Abadi, I. and Grosman, L. In Press. Sickle blade technology in the Late Natufian of the Southern Levant: Proceeding CYP PPN8.