M.A thesis: Building a methodology for the identification of ancient agricultural fields in the Jordan Valley
Advisor: Prof. Leore Grosman
Abstract: The transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most profound and transformative changes in human history. Currently the evidence for this transition are either secondary, or indicate the end of the process, hence domesticated cultivars. This research aims to develop a new methodology for the direct identification of ancient agricultural activity in the soil. This research is based on ethnography of traditional dryland agricultural practices, building a model for geographical analysis of potential sites for ancient agriculture, and testing of Geo-archaeological methods used for the identification of agriculture in later periods and different geographical settings, on selected sites in the Jordan Valley.
- The beginning of agriculture and transition to complex societies
- Public archaeology and prehistoric tourism
- The Natufian culture
- Prehistoric mining
Nahal Ein Gev II Excavation Project since 2015