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Laboratory of Archaeozoology

Zinman Institute of Archaeology

Room M-12
Multi-purpose Bldg.
Tel. 972-4-8240070
Fax. 972-4-8249876

 

 

 

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Current academic position
Professor
Head of Laboratory of Archaeozoology
 
Main research interests
Evolution of human hunting
Cultural history of domesticated animals
Food and diet in Ancient Israel
Ancient garbology and the study of archaeological refuse and trash
Human impact on the environment
 
Area of study: Zooarchaeoloy or Archaeozoology and Taphonomy - i.e., animal remains from archaeological sites
Region of Study: Israel and the Caucasus (Republics of Georgia and Armenia)
 
Education
Bsc. Biology, BA Archaeology, MSc. and PhD Zoology, Tel-Aviv University
Post-doctorate Anthropology, Harvard University, MA USA
  • Personal Information

    Guy Bar-Oz is a professor of archaeology at the University of Haifa. His research experience in zooarchaeology includes excavation and analysis of numerous prehistoric and historic bone assemblages from Israel and the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia). His research focuses on three main subjects: the evolution of human hunting and subsistence behaviour in prehistory, the development of complex economic-subsistence systems in the historic periods of the Near East, and human impact on the environment.


    Higher Education

    1991-1994  B.Sc., Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University

    1994-1998  B.A., Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel-Aviv University

    1994-1996  M.Sc., Ecology and Environmental Quality (Department of Zoology), Tel-Aviv University

    1997-2001  Ph.D., Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University

    2001-2002  Post-doc, American School of Prehistoric Research, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University,  Cambridge MA


    Academic Ranks

    1997-2001  Doctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University

    2000-         Research Fellow, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa

    2002-2003  Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa

    2003-2009  Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa

    2009-2014  Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa

    2009-2010  Visiting Scholar at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

    2014-         Professor

  • Courses

    The Cultural History of Domesticated Animals - Humans have manipulated and changed the ways of life of other animals for thousand of years. This course explores the process of animal domestication and its spread, both biologically and culturally across the world.

    Food and Culture - The course provides a world-wide survey of the eating and drinking habits of people in antiquity. It provides the world history of food from prehistoric times to the present and demonstrates the way in which food as influenced human development. The course explores the general topic of food and culture in different angles that range from the origins of meat eating in human evolution and the emergence of agriculture and farming communities to the origins of fast food nations. 

    Animals of Bible Lands

    Evolution of Human Hunting

    Food and Diet in Ancient Israel

    Introduction to Zooarchaeology

  • Publications
     

    A. ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

    Bar-Oz, G., Dayan, T. and Kaufman, D. 1999. The Epipaleolithic faunal sequence in Israel: A view from Neve-David. Journal of Archaeological Science, 26: 67-82 .

    Bar-Oz, G. and Dayan, T. 2000. Comment on “Small game use, the broad spectrum revolution, and Paleolithic demography”. Current Anthropology, 41: 59-60

    Bar-Oz, G. and Dayan, T. 2001. Weasels from the Hellenistic period of Israel. Israel Journal of Zoology, 47: 271-273

    Bar-Oz, G. 2001.  An inscribed astragalus with dedication to Hermes. Near Eastern Archaeology, 64: 211-213.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Dayan, T. 2002. “After twenty years”: A taphonomic reevaluation of Nahal Hadera V, an Epipalaeolithic site on the Israeli coastal plain. Journal of Archaeological Science, 29: 145-156

    Bar-Oz, G., Adler, D. S., Meshveliani, T., Tushabramishvili, N., Belfer-Cohen, A. and Bar-Yosef, O. 2002. Middle and Upper Palaeolithic foragers of the southwest Caucasus: new faunal evidence from Western Georgia. Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology of Eurasia, 4: 45-52.

    Weinstein-Evron, M., Bar-Oz, G., Zaidner, Y., Tsatskin, A., Druck, D., Porat, N. and Hershkovitz, I. 2003. Introducing Misliya cave, Mount Carmel, Israel: A new continuous Lower/Middle Paleolithic sequence in the Levant. Journal of Eurasian Prehistory, 1: 31-55.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Dayan, T. 2003. Testing the use of multivariate intersite taphonomic comparisons: the faunal analysis of Hefzibah in its Epipalaeolithic cultural context.  Journal of Archaeological Science, 30: 885-900.

    Bar-Oz, G., Dayan, T., Kaufman, D. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2004. The Natufian economy at el-Wad Terrace with special reference to gazelle exploitation patterns.  Journal of Archaeological Science, 31: 217-231.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Dayan, T. 2004. Comment on “Zooarchaeological measures of hunting pressure and occupation intensity in the Natufian”. Current Anthropology, 45: S22-23.

    Munro, N. D. and Bar-Oz, G. 2004. Debating issues of equifinality in ungulate body part studies. Journal of Taphonomy, 2: 1-13.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Munro, N. D. 2004. Beyond cautionary tales: A multidimensional taphonomic approach for identifying subpatterns in ungulate body-part data. Journal of Taphonomy, 2: 201-220.

    Munro, N. D. and Bar-Oz, G. 2005. Gazelle bone fat processing in the Levantine Epipalaelithic. Journal of Archaeological Science, 32: 223-239.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Adler, D. S. 2005. Taphonomic history of the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic faunal assemblage from Ortvale Klde, Georgian Republic. Journal of Taphonomy, 3: 185-211.

    Lengyel, Gy., Nadel, D., Tsatskin. A., Bar-Oz, G., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D. E., Be'eri, R. and Hershkovitz, I. 2005. Back to Rakefet Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 35: 245-70

    Adler, D. S., Bar-Oz, G., Belfer-Cohen, A. and Bar-Yosef, O. 2006. Ahead of the game: Middle and Upper Palaeolithic hunting behaviors in the southern Caucasus. Current Anthropology, 47: 89-118.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2006. Comment on “What's a mother to do? A hypothesis about the division of labor among Neandertals and Modern Humans in Eurasia”. Current Anthropology, 47: 963-964.

    Marom, N., Bar-Oz, G. and Munger, S. 2006. An incised scapula and its possible use as part of a lute. Near Eastern Archaeology, 69: 49-52.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Munro, N. D. 2007. Gazelle bone marrow yields and Epipalaeolithic carcass exploitation strategies in the southern Levant. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34: 946-956.

    Delfino, M., Bar-Oz, G. and Weissbrod, L. 2007. Recent shrinkage of the range of the Eastern spadefoot toad, Pelobates syriacus (amphibia: anuran): Archaeological evidence from the Bronze Age Israel. Zoology in the Middle East, 40: 45-52.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Dayan, T. 2007. Focus: On the use of petrous bone for estimating cranial abundance in fossil assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34: 1356-1360.

    Bar-Oz, G., Bouchnick, R., Weiss, E., Weissbrod, L., Lernau, O., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D. E. and Reich, R. 2007. "Holy Garbage": A quantitative study of the city-dump of Early Roman period Jerusalem. LEVANT, 39: 1-12.

    Yeshurun, R., Bar-Oz, G. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2007. Modern hunting behavior in the Early Middle Paleolithic: Faunal remains from Misliya Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. Journal of Human Evolution, 53: 656-677

    Weinstein-Evron, M., Kaufman, D., Bachrach, N., Bar-Oz, G., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D. E., Chaim, S., Druck, D., Groman-Yaroslavski, I., Hershkovitz, I., Liber, N., Rosenberg, D., Tsatskin, A. and Weissbrod, L. 2007. After 70 years: New excavations at the el-Wad Terrace, Mount Carmel, Israel. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 37: 35-134

    Yeshurun, R. Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G. 2007. Differential fragmentation of different ungulate body-size: A comparison of gazelle and fallow deer bone fragmentation in Levantine prehistoric assemblages. Journal of Taphonomy, 5: 137-148.

    Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G. 2008. "Measure for measure": A taphonomic reconsideration of the Kebaran site of Ein Gev I, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science, 35: 214-227.

    Meshveliani, T., Bar-Oz, G., Bar-Yosef, O., Belfer-Cohen, A., Boaretto, E., Jakeli, N., Koridze, I. and Matskevich, Z. 2008. Mesolithic hunters at Kotias Klde, western Georgia, preliminary results. Paléorient, 33: 47-58.

    Bar-Oz, G., Belfer-Cohen, A., Mesheviliani, T., Jakeli, N. and Bar-Yosef, O. 2008. Taphonomy and zooarchaeology of the Upper Palaeolithic cave of Dzudzuana, Republic of Georgia. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 18: 131-151

    Raban-Gerstel, N., Bar-Oz, G., Zohar, I., Sharon, I. and Gilboa, A. 2008. Early Iron Age Dor (Israel): A faunal perspective. Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research, 349: 25-59

    Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Hershkovitz, I., Raban-Gerstel, N., Marom, N. and Dayan, T. 2008. Paleopathology survey of ancient mammal bones in Israel. Veterinary, Medicine and Zootechniques, 42: 62-70. 

    Pinhasi, R., Gasparian, B., Wilkinson, K., Bailey, R., Bar-Oz, G., Bruch, A., Chataigner C., Hoffmann, D., Hovsepyan, R., Nahapetyan, S., Pike, A. W. G., Schreve, D. and Stephens, M. 2008. Hovk 1 and the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of Armenia: Preliminary framework. Journal of Human Evolution, 55: 803-816

    Yeshurun, R. and Bar-Oz, G. 2008. Digging in the museum: Middle Palaeolithic and Epipalaeolithic faunal remains from Olami's prehistoric survey of Mount Carmel. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 38: 41-58.

    Nadel, D., Lengyel, G., Bocquentin, F., Tsatskin, A., Rosenberg, D., Yeshurun, R., Bar-Oz, G., Bar-Yosef Mayer, .D. E., Beeri, R., Conyers, L., Filin, S., Hershkovitz, I., Kurzawska, A. and Weissbrod, L. 2008. The Late Natufian at Raqefet Cave: The 2006 excavation season. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 38: 59-131. 

    Bar, S., Bar Oz, G., Boaretto, E., Cohen, O., Dan, E., Raban-Gerstel, N., Rosenberg, D. and Winter, H. 2008. Ein Hilu: A Chalcolithic site on the eastern desert fringes of Samaria. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 38: 153-228.

    Weissbrod, L. and Bar-Oz, G. 2008. Zooarchaeology in small scale: The importance of small mammal remains to archaeological research in Israel. Qadmoniyot, 136:121-127 (in Hebrew). 

    Munro, N. D., Bar-Oz, G. and Stutz, A. J. 2009. Aging mountain gazelle (Gazella gazella): Refining methods of tooth eruption and wear and bone fusion. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36: 752-763.

    Bar-Oz, G., Avner, U., Malkinson, D. and Nadel, D. 2009. The Negev (southern Levant) desert kites: A preliminary report. Antiquity (Project-Gallery).

    Stutz, A. J., Munro, N. D. and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Increasing the resolution of the broad spectrum revolution in the southern Levantine Epipalaeolithic (19-12 ka). Journal of Human Evolution, 56: 294-306.

    Bar-Oz, G., Belfer-Cohen.A., Meshveliani, T., Jakeli, N., Matskevich, Z. and Bar-Yosef, O. 2009. Bear in mind: Bear hunting in the Mesolithic of the southern Caucasus. Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia, 39: 15-24. (Russian version)

    Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Culling profiles: The indeterminacy of archaeozoological data to survivorship curves modeling of sheep and goat herd maintenance strategies. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36: 1184-1187.

    Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Khalaily, H. and Dayan, T. 2009. The last of the gazelle hunters in the southern Levant: Gazelle exploitation in the early Neolithic site of Motza, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36: 1538-1546.

    Ammar, Z., Bouchnick, R. and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Identification of the biblical clean animals in view of the archaeozoological research. Kathedra (in Hebrew), 132: 1-20.

    Marom, N., Raban-Gerstel, N., Mazar, A. and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Backbone of society: Evidence for social and economic status of the Iron Age population of Tel Rehov, Beth She'an Valley, Israel. Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research, 354: 55-75

    Tsahar, E., Izhaki, I., Lev-Yadun, S. and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. Distribution and extinction of ungulates during the Holocene of the southern Levant. PLoS ONE, 4(4): e5316.

    Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G. 2009. "Man-made oases": Neolithic patterns of wild ungulate exploitation and their consequences for the domestication of pigs and cattle. Before Farming, 2009/1 article 2.

    Yeshurun, R., Bar-Oz, G. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2009. The role of foxes in the Natufian economy: A view from Mount Carmel, Israel. Before Farming, 2009/1 article 3.

    Nadel, D., Lengyel, G., Brown-Goodman, R., Cabellos Panades, T., Rosenberg, D., Tsatskin, A., Yeshurun, R., Bar-Oz, G., Bocquentin, F. and Filin, S. 2009. The Raqefet Cave 2008 excavation season. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 39: 21-61.

    Ammar, Z., Bouchnick, R. and Bar-Oz, G. 2010. The contribution of archaeozoology to the identification of the ritually clean ungulates mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 10: 1-24.

    Pinhasi, R., Gasparian, B., Areshian, G., Zardayan, D., Smith, A., Bar-Oz, G. and Higham, T. 2010. The discovery of Old World’s most ancient shoe in Areni-1 Armenia: implications for the antiquity and development of footwear. PLoS ONE, 5(6): e10984.

    Nadel, D., Bar-Oz, G., Avner, U., Boaretto, E. and Malkinson, D. 2010. Walls, ramps and pits: the construction of the Samar desert kites, Southern Negev, Israel. Antiquity, 84: 976-992.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Tepper, Y. 2010. Out on the tiles: animal footprints from the Roman site of Kefar 'Othnay (Legio), Israel. Near Eastern Archaeology, 73: 244-247.

    Yeshurun, R., Zaidner, Y., Eisenmann, V., Martínez-Navarro, B. and Bar-Oz, G. 2010. Lower Paleolithic hominin ecology at the fringe of the desert: faunal remains from Bizat Ruhama and Nahal Hesi, Northern Negev, Israel. Journal of Human Evolution, 60: 492-507.

    Bar-Oz, G., Zeder, M.A. and Hole, F. 2011. The role of mass-kill hunting strategies in the extirpation of Persian gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) in the northern Levant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 108: 7345-7350.

    Munro, N.D., Bar-Oz, G. and Hill, A.C. 2011. An exploration of character traits and linear measurements for sexing mountain gazelle (Gazella gazella) skeletons.  Journal of Archaeological Science, 38:1253-1265.

    Raban-Gerstel, N., Bar-Oz, G. and Tepper, Y. 2011. Bone and horn industry in Late Ottoman Nazareth: the evidence from Shihab-A'Din. Atiqot, 67: 61-80. 

    Bar-Yosef, O., Belfer-Cohen, A., Mesheviliani, T., Jakeli, N., Bar-Oz, G., Boaretto, E., Goldberg, P., Kvavadze, E. and Matskevich, Z. 2011. Dzudzuana: an Upper Palaeolithic cave-site in the Caucasus Foothills (Georgia). Antiquity, 85: 331-349.

    Bar-Oz, G. 2011. Palaeolzoology and animal consumption at Iron Age I-Kinrot. In Kinneret – an urban center at the crossroad: excavation on Iron IB Tel Kinrot at the Lake of Galilee by S. Munger, J. Zangenberg and J. Pakkala. Near Eastern Archaeology, 74: 85-86.

    Bar, S., Bar-Oz, G., Ben-Yosef, D., Raban-Gerstel, N. and Winter, H. 2011. Sheikh Dihab 2: an Early Bronze Age 1 hamlet in the Jordan Valley. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 41: 95-154.

    Marder, O., Yeshurun, R., Lupo, R., Bar-Oz, G., Belmaker, M., Ron, H. and Frumkin, A. 2011. Mammal remains at Rantis Cave, Israel, and Mid-Late Pleistocene human subsistence and ecology in the Southern Levant. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26: 769-780.

    Bar-Oz, G., Nadel, D., Avner, U. and Malkinson, D. 2011. Mass hunting game traps in the southern Levant: the Negev and Arava 'Desert Kites'. Near Eastern Archaeology, 74: 208-215.

    Pinhasi, R., Gasparian, B., Nahapetyan, S., Bar-Oz , G. Weissobrod, L., Bruch,A. Hovsepyan, R. and Wilkinson, K. 2011. Middle Palaeolithic human occupation of the high altitudes region of Hovk-1, Armenia. Quaternary Science Review, 30: 3846-3857.

    Wilkinson, K. N., Gasparian, B., Avetisyan, P., Hovsepyan, R., Zaradarian, D., Pinhasi, R., Areshian, G. E., Bar-Oz, G. and Smith, A. 2012. Areni-1 cave, Armenia: a Chalcolithic – Early Bronze Age settlement and ritual site in the southern Caucasus. Journal of Field Archaeology, 37: 20-33.

    Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Sharon, I. Gilboa, A. and Dayan, T. 2012. Understanding faunal contexts of a complex tell: Tel Dor, Israel, as a case study. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39: 590-601.

    Bar-Oz, G., Weissbrod, L., Gasparian, B., Nahapetyan, S., Wilkinson, K. and Pinhasi, R. 2012. Taphonomy and zooarcheology of a high-altitude Upper Pleistocene faunal sequence from Hovk-1 Cave, Armenia. Journal of Archaeological Science, 39: 2452-2463.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Lev-Yadun, S. 2012. Paleolithic cave rock art, animal coloration and specific animal habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 109: E1212.

    Weissbrod, L., Bar-Oz, G., Yeshurun, R. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2012. Beyond fast and Slow:  The mole rat Spalax ehrenbergi (order Rodentia) as a test case for intensification and the diet breadth of complex Natufian foragers in southwest Asia. Quaternary International, 264: 4-16.

    Weissbrod, L., Bar-Oz, G., Cucchi, T. and Finkelstein, I. 2013. The urban ecology of Iron Age Tel Megiddo: Using microvertebrate remains as ancient bio-indicators. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40: 257-267.

    Tepper, Y. and Bar-Oz, G. 2013.Byzantine agriculture in the Negev: A view from the pigeon nest. Ecology and Environment, 4: 16-17 (Hebrew).

    Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G. 2013. The prey pathway: A regional history of cattle (Bos taurus) and pig (Sus scrofa) domestication in the northern Jordan Valley, Israel. PLoS One, 8(2): e55958.

    Bar-Oz, G., Nahshoni, P., Motro, H. and Oren, E. D. 2013. Symbolic metal bit and saddlebag fastenings in a Middle Bronze Age donkey burial. PLoS One, 8(3): e58648.

    Gasperian B., Khechoyan, A., Bar-Oz, G., Malkinson, D., Nachmias, A. and Nadel, D. 2013. The northernmost kites in Southwest Asia: A preliminary report from the Fringes of the Ararat Depression (Armenia). Antiquity (Project Gallery). Antiquity (Project Gallery), 87: 336.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Nadel, D. 2013. Worldwide large-scale trapping and hunting of ungulates in past societies. Quaternary International, 297: 1-7.

    Zeder, M.A., Bar-Oz, G., Rufolo, S.J. and Hole, F. 2013. New perspectives on the use of kites in mass-kills of Levantine gazelle: A view from Northeastern Syria. Quaternary International, 297: 110-125​​​.

    Nadel, D., Bar-Oz, G., Avner, U., Malkinson, D. and Boaretto, E. 2013. Ramparts instead of walls: Building techniques of kites in the Negev Highland. Quaternary International, 297: 147-154.

    Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Gadot, Y. and Finkelstein, I. 2013. Pig husbandry in Iron Age Israel and Judah: New insights regarding the origin of the “Taboo”. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins, 129: 1-20.

    Marder, O., Ayalon, A., Bar-Mathews, M., Bar-Oz, G., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D., Berna, F., Boaretto, E., Caracuta V., Frumkin A., Goder M., Hershkovitz, I., Latimer, B., Lavi, R., Weiner, S., Yas'ur, G., Yeshurun ,R. and Barzilai, O. 2013. The 2011-12 excavations seasons at the Upper Paleolithic site of Manot Cave, Western Galilee, Israel. Antiquity (Project Gallery), 87: 337.

    Hartman, G., Bar-Oz, G., Bouchnik, R. and Reich, R. 2013. The pilgrimage economy of Early Roman Jerusalem (1st century BCE – 70 CE) reconstructed from the δ15N and δ13C values of goat and sheep remains. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40: 4369-4376​​.

    Yeshurun, R., Bar-Oz, G. and Nadel, D. 2013. The Social Role of Food in the Natufian Cemetery of Raqefet Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 32: 511-526​.

    Meiri, M., Huchon, D., Bar-Oz, G., Larson, G., Kolska-Horwitz, L. Maeir, A., Finkelstein, I., Boaretto, E., Sapir-Hen, L. and Weiner, S. 2013. Ancient DNA and population turnover in southern Levant pigs – a signature of the Philistine migration? Scientific Reports, 3: 3035​.

    Bar, S., Bar-Oz, G., Ben-Yosef, D., Boaretto, E,. Raban-Gerstel, N. and Winter, H. 2013. Fazael 2: One of the latest Chalcolithic sites in the Jordan Valley? Report of the 2007-2008 excavation seasons. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 43: 148-185.

    Tamar, K., Bar-Oz, G., Bunimovitz, S., Lederman, Z. and Dayan, T. 2013. Geography and economic preferences as cultural markers in a border town: The faunal remains from Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, published online: DOI: 10.1002/oa.2309.

    Bar-Oz, G., Weissbrod, L. and Tsahar, E. Commensal but not domesticated: reply to recent Chinese study on cat domestication. Submitted to  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, doi:10.1073/pnas.1324177111 .

    Marom, N., Yasur-Landau, A., Zuckerman, S., Cline, E., Ben-Tor, A. and Bar-Oz, G. Shepherd Kings? A zooarchaeological investigation of elite precincts in Middle Bronze Age Tel Hazor and Tel Kabri. Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research, 371: 89-112.

    Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Sharon, I., Gilboa, A. and Dayan, T. 2014. Food, economy and culture at Tel Dor, Israel: A diachronic study of faunal remains from 15 centuries of occupation. Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research, 371: 83-101.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2014. Intensification and Sedentism in the Terminal Pleistocene Natufian Sequence of el-Wad Terrace (Israel). Journal of Human Evolution, 70: 16-35.

    nd Bar-Oz, G. 2014. A response to Betts. Zeder and Bar-Oz QI 2014 - Response to Betts.pdfZeder and Bar-Oz QI 2014 - Response to Betts.pdf.

    ,G. and Yeshurun, R. 2014. The bone tools from the Cave of the Treasure at Nahal Mishmar. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 44: 240-247.

    Arav, R., Filin, S., Avner, V., Bar-Oz, G., Nachmias, A. and Nadel, D. 2014.Use of terrestrial laser scans for high-resolution documentation and 3D modeling of "Desert Kites. Near Eastern Archaeology, 77: 219-222.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Nadel, D. 2014. Comment onLandscape engineering and organizational complexity among Late Prehistoric bison hunters of the Northwestern Plains. Current Anthropology, 55: 42-43.

    Yeshurun, R.Bar-Oz, G., Kaufman, D. and Weinstein-Evron, M. 2014. Purpose, permanence and perception of 14,000 years old Natufian architecture: Contextual taphonomy of foodrefuse. Yeshurun et al. CA 2014 Purpose Permanence and Perception.pdfYeshurun et al. CA 2014 Purpose Permanence and Perception.pdf.

    Pinhasi, R., Meshveliani, T, Matskevich, Z., Bar-Oz, G. Weissbrod, L., Miller, C.E., Wilkinson, K., Lordkipanidze, D., Jakeli, N., Kvavadze, E., Higham, T.F.G. and Belfer-Cohen, A. 2014. Satsurblia: New insights about human response and survival across the Last Glacial Maximum in the southern Caucasus. PLoS One, 9(10): e111271.

    Bar-Oz, G., Tsahar, E., Izhaki, I. and Lev-Yadun, S. 2015. Mammalian extinction in ancient Egypt, similarities with the southernLevant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA,112: E238.

    Bar-Oz, G. and Raban-Gerstel, N. 2015. Butcher's waste: zooarchaeological analysis of a Crusader/Ayyubid bone deposits in Jerusalem St., Safed. Atiqot, 81: 99-1

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    Arav, R., Filin, S., Avner, U., Bar-Oz, G., Nachmias, A., Malkinson, D. and Nadel, D. 2015. High-resolution documentation, 3-D modeling and analysis of "desert kites". Journal of Archaeological Science, 57: 302-

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    Hershkovitz, I., Marder, O., Ayalon, A., Bar-Matthews, M., Yasur, G., Boaretto, E., Caracuta, V., Alex, B., Frumkin, A., Goder-Goldberger, M., Gunz, P., Holloway, R., Latimer, B., Lavi, R., Matthews, A., Slon, V., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D.,Berna,F., Bar-Oz, G., Yeshurun, R., May, H., Hans, M., Weber, G. and Barzilai, O. 2015. Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans. Nature, 520: 216-

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    Pinhasi, R., Fernandes, D., Sirak, K.., Novak, M., Connell, S., Alpaslan-Roodenberg, S., Fokke, G., Moiseyev, V., Gromov, A.,Raczky, P., Anders, A., Pietrusewsk, M., Rollefson, G., Jovanovic, M., Trinhhoang, H., Bar-Oz,G.,Oxenham, M.,Matsumura, H. and Hofreiter, M. 2015. Optimal ancient DNA yields from the inner ear part of the human petrous bone. PLoSOne, 10: e012

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    Perry-Gal, L., Erlich, A., Gilboa, A. and Bar-Oz, G. 2015. Earliest economic exploitation of Chicken outside East Asia: Evidence from the Hellenistic Southern Levant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 112: 9849-9854.

    Nadel, D., Bar-Oz, G., Malkinson, D., Spivak, P., Langgut, D., Porat, N. Khechoyan, A., Nachmias, A., Crater-Gershtein, E., Katinaa, A., Bermatov-Paz, G., Nahapetyan, S. and Gasparyan, B. 2015. New Insights into Desert Kites in Armenia: The Fringes of the Ararat Depression. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy,26:120-143.

    Sisma-Ventura, G., Zohar, I., Sarkar, A., Zidane, A., Gilboa, A., Bar-Oz, G., Bhattacharyya, K. and Sivan, D. 2015. Late Holocene oxygen isotope composition of Spardiae (sea bream) teeth enamel as an environmental proxy in the Mediterranean Sea: A case study from Tel Dor, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science,64: 46-53.

    Bar, S. Cohen-Klonymus, H., Pinsky, S., Bar-Oz, G. and Shalvi, G. 2015. Fazael 5, soundings in a Chalcolithic site in the Jordan Valley. Israel Journal of Prehistoric society, 45: 193-21

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    Tepper, Y., Weissbrod, L. and Bar-Oz, G. 2015.Behind sealed doors: Unraveling abandonment dynamics at the Byzantine site of Shivta in the Negev Desert. Tepper et al 2015 Shivta Sealed Doors.pdfTepper et al 2015 Shivta Sealed Doors

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    erry-Gal, L., Bar-Oz, G. and Erlich, A. 2015. Livestock animal trends in Idumaean Maresha: preliminary analysis of cultural and economic aspects. Perry-Gal, Bar-Oz and Erlich ARAM 2015.pdfPerry-Gal, Bar-Oz and Erlich ARAM 2015.pdf

    Wales, N., Madrigal, J. R., Cappellini, E., Baez, I. C., Castruita, J. A. S., Romero-Navarro, J. A., Carøe, C., Ávila-Arcos, M. C., Peñaloza, F., Moreno-Mayar, J. V., Gasparyan, B., Zardaryan, D., Bagoyan, T., Smith, A., Pinhasi, R., Bosi, G., Fiorentino, G., Grasso, A. M., Celant, A., Bar-Oz, G., Tepper, Y., Hall, A., Scalabrin, S., Miculan, M., Morgante, M., Gaspero, G., Gilbert, M. T. P. 2016. The limits and potential of paleogenomic techniques for reconstructing grapevine domestication. Journal of Archaeological Science, 72: 57-70.

    Marom, N., Meiri, M. and Bar-Oz,G. 2016. A note on the contribution of genetics to understanding the organization of camel caravans in antiquity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113: E4

    582.

    Ramsay, J., Tepper, Y., Weinstein-Evron, M., Bratenkov, S., Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G.2016. For the birds: An environmental archaeological analysis of byzantine pigeon towers at Shivta (Negev Desert, Israel). Journal of Archaeological Science Reports, 9:718-

    727.

    Fuks, D., Weiss, E., Tepper, Y. and Bar-Oz, G.2016. Seeds of collapse? Reconstructing the ancient Negev agricultural economyat Shivta. Antiquity Project Gallery353:

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    -Oz, G. and Weissbrod, L. 2016. Mammal turnover in Israel in the last 10,000 years. Michmanim,26: 7-16.

    Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G. 2016. The evolution of husbandry practices from the ancient time to the modern era. Animal and Society(in Hebrew), 5

    6: 27-

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    shurun, R.and Bar-Oz, G. 2016. Talking about a resolution. Comment on “Fragmented landscapes and economies of abundance: the broad spectrum revolution in arid East Asia”. Current Anthropology, 5

    7:

    554.

    Weissbrod, L., Marshall F., Valla, F.R., Khalaily, H., Bar-Oz, G.,Auffray, J.-C., Vigne, J.-D., Cucchi, T.2017. The origins of house mice in niches created by settled hunter-gatherers in the Levant 15,000 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesUSA, 114:

    4

    99-

    4104.

    Meiri, M., Stockhammer, P. W., Marom, N., Bar-Oz, G., Sapir-Hen, L., Morgenstern, P., Macheridis, S., Rosen, B., Huchon, D., Maran, J. and Finkelstein, I. 2017. Eastern Mediterranean mobility in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages: Inferences from ancient DNA of pigs and cattle. Scientific Reports

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    brod, L., Marshall F., Valla, F.R., Khalaily, H., Bar-Oz, G., Auffray, J.-C., Vigne, J.-D., Cucchi, T. 2017. Pre-agricultural commensal niches for the house mouse and origins of human sedentism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706914114.

    Tepper, Y., Rosen, B., Haber, A. and Bar-Oz,G. 2017. Signs of soil fertigation in the desert: A pigeon tower structure near Byzantine Shivta, Israel.Journal of Arid environment,145: 81-89

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    Makarewicz, C., Marom, N. and Bar-Oz, G.2017. Ensure equal access to ancient DNA. Nature (Correspondence Letter),

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    48: 158.

    Linn, R, Tepper, Y. and Bar-Oz, G.2017. Visible Induced Luminescence reveals invisible rays shining from Christ in the Early Christian wall painting of the Transfiguration in Shivta. PLoS One, 12: e0185149.

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    Schilman, B., Weiss, E., and Safrai, Z. 2017. Dust clouds, climate change and conquest: charting economic and demographic fluctuation in the Byzantine-Early Islamic southern Levant. Levant, 49: 2

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    vets, Y., Tepper, Y. and Bar-Oz, G. 2017. The Armenian graffito from the southern church of Shivta. Revue Biblique, 124: 44

    6-454.

    Faust, A., Katz, H., Sapir, Y., Avraham, A., Marder, O.,Bar-Oz,G.,Weiss, E., Auman-Chazan, C., Hartmann-Shenkman, A., Vilnay, O., Tsesarsky, M., Sarah, P., Ackermann, O., Timmer, N., Katz, O., Langgut, D. and Benzaquen, M. 2017. The birth, life and death of an Iron Age house at Tel 'Eton, Israel. Levant,49: 136-

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    S., Bar-Oz, G., Zuckerman, R., Shalvi, G. and Davidovich, U. 2017. Fazael 7: A large Chalcolithic architectural complex in the Jordan Valley, the 2009-2016 excavations. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 47:

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    Marom, N., Garfinkel, Y. and Bar-Oz, G.2018. Times in between: A zooarchaeological analysis of ritual in Neolithic Sha̔ar Hagolan. Quaternary International, 464: 21

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  • Participation in Conferences

    Active participation in International conferences (last 5 years)  

    Subject of  Lecture
    Place of Conference
    Name of Conference
    Date
    Paleoenvironment of the Northern Negev in the Lower-Middle Pleistocene: A View from Bizat Ruhama and Hahal Hesi (with R. Yeshurun and Y. Zaidner)
    Hebrew University, Jerusalem
     
    Climate change in the upper Jordan Valley between ca.800 and 700ka ago
    May 2009
    Specialized hunting of gazelle in the Natufian: Cultural cause or climatic effect? (with R. Yeshurun and M. Weinstein-Evron)
    Paris, France
     
    Natufian Foragers in the Levant: Terminal Pleistocene Social Changes in Western Asia
    September 2009
    Intra-site zooarchaeology and taphonomy of Natufian el-Wad Terrace (with R. Yeshurun and M. Weinstein-Evron)
    Hovk 1 cave: Indications of Paleolithic human and bear activities in a mountainous environment (with R. Pinhasi, B. Gasparyan, S. Nahapetyan, L. Weissobrod, A. Bruch, R. Hovsepyan and K. Wilkinson)
    Yerevan Armenia
     
    Archaeology of Armenia in the Regional Context: Achievements and Perspectives
    September 2009
     
    The Hrazdan River Gorge Palaeolithic project,2008-2009 (with D. Adler B. Yeritsyan, K. Wilkinson, R. Pinhasi, S. Nahapetyan, R. Bailey, B. Schmidt, P. Glauberman, N.  Wales and B. Gasparian)
    Trends in ungulate exploitation in the Epipalaeolithic of the coastal plain, Israel (with R. Yeshurun and M. Weinstein-Evron)
    St. Louis, MO
     
    75th meeting of the Society for American Archaeologists (SAA)
    April 2010
    Site function and formation of complex Tel-site:
    Understanding faunal contexts at Tel Dor (with L. Sapir, T. Dayan and I. Sharon)
    Paris, France
     
    11th International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)
     
     
    Reconstructing life of ancient populations from the Iron Age to the Roman Period in Tel Dor, Israel (with L. Sapir, T. Dayan and I. Sharon)
    Hunting Persian gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) in the northern Levant: A view from the late fourth millennium at Tell Kuran, northeastern Syria (with M. Zeder and F. Hole)
    Ancient urban ecology in the Near East reconstructed from microvertebrate remains (with L. Weissbrod, and I. Finkelstein)
    University of Haifa,
    Haifa
     
    Archaeozoology of South-West Asia and Adjacent areas (ASWA) XI
    June 2013
    The cultural history of the chicken in the Southern Levant (with L. Perry-Gal, A. Erlich and A. Gilboa)
    Herding patterns of sheep and goats in Iron Age II Jerusalem: First results of a mesowear analysis (with A. Viner, M. Inbar, R. Reich and N. Marom)
    New data on Late Pleistocene geographic variation
    among faunal communities of the southern Caucasus
     
    Tbilisi, Georgia
     
    The Role of the Southern Caucasus in Early Human Evolution and Expansion
    – Refuge, Hub or Source Area?
    October 2013

     

    Active participation in local conferences (last 5 years)

    Subject of  Lecture
    Place of Conference
    Name of Conference
    Date
    Jerusalemites fish recipes from the 2nd Temple Period (with R. Bouchnik, O. Lernau and R. Reich)
    Bar-Ilan University
     
    New Studies on Jerusalem 15
    December 2009
    Ritual burials in Chalcolithic Peqiin Cave: The Zooarchaeological evidence (with N. Raban-Gerstel)
    University of Haifa
     
    Israel Antiquities Authority – Excavations and Research in North Israel VII
    January 2010
     
    On the importance of poultry in the animal economy of Judea in the late Second Temple period (with R. Bouchnik and R. Reich)
    Bar-Ilan University
     
    New Studies on Jerusalem 16
    December 2010
    The role of mass-kill hunting strategies in the extirpation of Persian gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) in the northern Levant
    Tel-Hai College
     
    22th meeting of the Israel Prehistoric Society
    December 2010
    Taphonomy, ecology and human behavior in the Neolithic: The fauna of Tel-Roim West (with N. Agha-Said and D. Nadel)
    University of Haifa
     
    23rd meeting of the Israel Prehistoric Society
    December 2011
    Hunted to domestication: Cattle (Bos taurus) and pig (Sus scrofa) domestication in the Jordan Valley, a view from Sha`ar Hagolan (with N. Marom)
    Weizmann Institute
     
    24th meeting of the Israel Prehistoric Society
    December 2012
    New data on Late Pleistocene geographic variation among faunal communities of the southern Caucasus (with L. Weissbrod)
    Hebrew University
     
    25th meeting of the Israel Prehistoric Society
    November 2013

     

    Organization of Conferences or Sessions (last 5 years) 

    Role at Conference
     
    Place of
    Conference
    Name of
    Conference
    Date
    Organizing an international symposium: "Worldwide large-scale trapping and hunting of ungulates in past societies" (with D. Nadel)
    Memphis, TN
     
    77th meeting of the Society for American Archaeologists (SAA)
    April 2012
    Head of the organizing committee
    University of Haifa
    Haifa
    International Meeting of Archaeozoology of South-West Asia and Adjacent areas (ASWA) XI
    June 2013

     

  • More Info
    Research Grants (last 5 years)
     
    2010-14  Israel Science Foundation: “Zooarchaeology of peoples and foods: analyzing the diversity of ethnicities, societies and environments of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the southern Levant”
     
    2010  National Geographic Society: “Pigeon-raising in the Roman and Byzantine periods in the Negev of the southern Levant” 
     
    2013  Israel Science Foundation: “Bones and Identity: Reconstructing Social and Cultural Landscapes in the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia”
     
     
     
    Supervision of graduate students in recent years
     
    Doctoral students
     
    Student’s Name
    Title of Dissertation
    Degree
    Date
    Anuar Zidane (with I. zohar and A. Giloba)
    Fish, fishery and trade networks in the Iron Age of the southern Levant
    PhD
    2011-
    Lee Perry (with A. Ehrlich)
    The zooarchaeology of Idumean Maresha (Israel): Ethnic identity and site use
    PhD
    2011-
    Inbar Katlav (with E. Markus)
    Economy, Society and environment in the Middle Bronze IIa: The faunal assemblage of Tel Ifshar
    PhD
    2012-
     
    Master students (M.A. or M.Sc.)
     
    Student’s Name
    Title of Thesis                                
    Degree
    Date
    Roni Zuckeman
    (with I. Finkelstein)
    Archaeozoology of an Iron Age rural village: A view from 'Izbet-Sartah
    M.A.
    2009-
    Amnon Nahmias
    (with D. Nadel and D. Malkinson)
    Possible onager management in eastern Jordan: a view from the Desert kites
    M.A.
    2010-
    Tehila Gogenheim
    (with Avi Faust)
    Faunal remains from Tell-E'ton: a town in the Judean Plain
    M.A.
    2011-
    Nehora Shneler-Peles (with O. Marder)
    Faunal remains from Manot Cave
    M.A.
    2012-
    Zohar Turjeman
    M.A.
    2012-
    Adi Herman
    M.A.
    2012-
    Daphna Ha'Levi
    Iron age ivory
    M.A.
    2012-
    Amir Viner (with M. Inbar)
    Goats teeth wear and mesowear in controlled diet
    M.Sc.
    2012-
    Tal Frid (with L. weissbrod)
    Microfauna of shivta
    M.A.
    2012-

     

     

     

     

     
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