Prof. Rivka Rabinovich


Research Interests: Animal bones as a marker of past human behavior, Paleoecological and taxonomic implications of faunal assemblages from prehistoric sites in the southern Levant, Patterns of animal exploitation and subsistence during the Paleolithic in the southern Levant, Vertebrate taphonomy, Aging and sexing of archaeological faunal material as a marker of human exploitation, seasonality and climate change, Experimental studies of carnivore and rodent activity, Butchery experiments, Paleonutrition in the Mediterranean Basin.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Intra-site faunal variability: analysis of faunal remains from the Neandertal site of Amud Cave (see figure 1)
  • Broad spectrum revolution, evolution or necessity? Analysis of the faunal assemblage from the Natufian site of Eynan and its implications for reconstruction of subsistence patterns and site formation processes
  • Taphonomy of the fauna from the submerged prehistoric site of Ohalo II
  • Analysis of the fauna from the Lower Paleolithic site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov
  • Cervids in the southern Levant
  • Conservation and analysis of faunal remains from the Lower Paleolithic site of Revadim (with focus on elephant bones)
  • Crusaders’ horses at Metzad Ateret
  • Roman limes fauna

Course Topics in Last Four Years:

  • Introduction to archaeozoology
  • Selected cases of fauna interpretations
  • Seminar of archaeozoology
  • Small and big in the southern Levantine fauna from archaeological sites 

Graduate Students:

Dr. Eli Lotan: Actualistic studies: taphonomy in the Jordan Valley (with Prof. N. Goren-Inbar, Hebrew University); Graduated.

Motro Hadas: Equid skeletons from the Frankish castle of Vadum Iacob: archaeozoological evidence of a massacre (with Dr. R. Ellenblum, Hebrew University).

Sharon Gil: Mammalian fauna from Hut 13 at Ohalo II (with Dr. D. Nadel, Haifa University).

Ron Kahati: The faunal assemblage from the Roman army camp of Avdat, Israel (with Dr. Z. Weiss, Hebrew University).