Prof. Yosef Garfinkel

Yigael Yadin Chair in Archaeology of Israel

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Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, in the Biblical department. 

Research Interests: The Neolithic period of the Near East, The history of dance, The Chalcolithic period, The Biblical Kingdom of Judah.


Proto-history of Israel and the Near East, Bronze and Iron Age in Israel and the Near East, Ceramics, Art and Ritual, Archaeology and history of Dance

Ongoing Projects:

Graduate Students:

M.A. students:

Vladimir Avrutis
Marina Bekker
Haggai Cohen Klonymus
Doron Dag
Anna Eirikh
Michael Freikman
David Gellman
Shlomo Greenberg
Peter Hagyo-Kovacs
Hoo-Goo Kang
Federico Kobrin
Igor Kreimerman
Zinovi Matskevich
Alla Rabinovich
Noam Silverberg
Katharina Streit
Shifra Weiss
Itamar Weissbein
Alexander Wiegemann
Peter Zilberg
Ilan Rom

PhD Students:

James Seth Adcock

Dr. Shlomit Bechar
Dr. Judith ben-Michael
Sang-Yeup Chang
Dr. Gwanghyun D. Choi 
Anna Eirikh
Dr. Michael Freikman
Dr. Mitka Golub
Dr. Hoo-Goo Kang
Dr. Igor Kreimerman
Alla Rabinovich
Dr. Katharina Streit
Dr. Efraim Wallach
Itamar Weissbein
Amir Ganor
Publications: for full list of publications press here
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itai abadi

Itai Abadi

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Ph.D dissertation topic: The End of the Upper Palaeolithic and the Begining of the Epipalaeolithic in the Southern Levant

Advisor: Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris


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Yonatan Adler

Dr. Yonatan Adler

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Postdoctoral research topic: The Leather Tefillin Cases from the Judean Desert: An Analysis and Full Scientific Publication of the Finds. Advisor: Prof. Zeev Weiss

Research interests

  • Archaeology of Israel in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods
  • Archaeology of ritual and halakhah
  • Material culture of early Judaism
  • Second Temple period and early rabbinic literature
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Nili Ahipaz

Nili Ahipaz

M.A. thesis topic: The Custom of Concealing Coins in Synagogue Foundations in the Byzantine period in Israel-The Synagogue at Dir 'Aziz as a Test Case. Advisor: Dr. Uzi Leibner

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Numismatic expertise for archaeological excavations from academic institutions in Israel

  • Herodium (Prof. E. Netzer
  • Cypros (Prof. E. Netzer)
  • Dir 'Aziz (Dr. H. Ben Daviv)
  • The Twins Cave (Dr. B. Zisso)
  • H. Jomjom (E. Mair)
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rachel barkay

Dr. Rachel Barkay
Office hours: By appointment

Teaching fellow at at the Institute of Archaeology, in the classical department.

Anna Belfer-Cohen

Prof. Anna Belfer-Cohen
Dept. of Prehistory. Office Hours: Wednesday 13:00-14:00

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Research Interests: The evolution, spread and characteristics of Upper Palaeolithic entities, Burial customs of prehistoric societies, The transition from mobile hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers, The evolution of human cognition.

Ongoing Projects:

  • The study and publication of Upper Palaeolithic assemblages from the cave of Kebara, Mt. Carmel. These were excavated between 1981-1990 as part of an international project headed by Prof. Vandermeersch (Bordeaux, France) and Prof. Bar-Yosef (Harvard, Cambridge, USA).
  • The study and publication of the Natufian assemblages from the cave of Hayonim, Galilee. Excavated between 1992-2000 as part of the aforementioned project.
  • The study of the burials and graves from the Natufian layers at Hayonim Cave and Hilazon Tachtit Cave.
  • Excavations and study of two sites in western Georgia (a joint project with Prof. O. Bar-Yosef, Harvard, and Dr. T. Meshveliani, Georgian Academy of Science):
    1. The cave of Dzudzuana (an Upper Palaeolithic sequence) .
    2. The rock shelter Kotias Klde (late Upper Palaeolithic to Neolithic occupations).

Teaching Topics:

  • Models and Theories in Prehistoric Research
  • The Natufian Culture and the Origins of Agriculture
  • Lithic Technology and Typology
  • Palaeolithic Art
  • Paleoanthropology and Human Evolution
  • The Human Skeleton
  • The Evolution of the Human Brain
  • Complex Societies
  • The Meaning of Style in the Material Culture
  • Upper Palaeolithic Archaeological Entities

Other Activities:

  • Member of the editorial board of "Qadmoniot", published by the Israel Exploration Society, Jerusalem (in Hebrew).
  • Member, the scientific editorial board of "Masa Aher", Tel-Aviv (in Hebrew).
  • Co-editor of the "Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society", Jerusalem (in English and French with Hebrew abstracts).
  • Member of the scientific editorial board of "Paleorient" (CNRS), Paris (in French and English).
  • Member of the scientific editorial board of "Journal of Eurasian Prehistory", Harvard University, Cambridge (USA) and Warsaw University (Poland).
  • Member of the scientific editorial board of "Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry - International Journal", Crete, Greece.
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the "International Union of Prehistory and Protohistory" - Commission VII - Upper Palaeolithic .



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