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Archaeology Research Sub-Group

Dr. Leore Grosman
Dr. Leore Grosman

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
  • Computer simulation as a tool aiding prehistoric research
  • Aspects of Epi-Paleolithic flint technology
  • Rock Cup-Marks – Function and Context.
  • Study of the characteristic patterns of Post Depositional Damage
  • evelop mathematical and computational methods to assist in archaeological research: computer simulations, 3D technology (at Computerized Archaeology lab, Weizmann Institute of Science).

Ongoing Projects:


Belfer-Cohen, A. and L. Grosman. 1997. The Lithic Assemblage of Salibiya I. Mitekufat Haeven 27: 19-42.

Grosman, L., A. Belfer-Cohen and O. Bar-Yosef. 1999. The Final Natufian site – Fazael IV. Mitekufat Haeven 29: 17-40.

Grosman, L., and A. Belfer-Cohen. 2002. "Zooming onto the 'Younger Dryas'". In The Dawn of Farming. Eds. R. Cappers and S. Bottema, pp. 49-54. Berlin: ex oriente.

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., A. Belfer-Cohen and H. Ashkenazi. 2006. Nahal Oren Natufian Lithic Assemblage. Paléorient 31/2: 5-25.

Belfer-Cohen, A. and L. Grosman. 2006. “Tools or Cores? Carinated Artifacts in Levantine Late Upper Paleolithic Assemblages and Why Does It Matter”. In: Tools or Cores? The Identification and Study of Alternative Core Technology in Lithic Assemblages. Eds. S. P. McPherron and J. Lindly, pp. 143-163. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Press.

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. 2008. Hilazon Tachtit Cave. In The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land. (Volume 5, 5th edition). Ed. E. Stern, pp.1780-1782.

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). PNAS 105 (46): 17665–17669.

Grosman, L. In Press. The Natufian. In The Middle East: The Cradle of Civilization Revealed. Ed. D. Kidd. Global Book Publishing PTY Ltd, Lane Cove, Australia.

Dubreuil, L. and L. Grosman Evidence of hide-working with ochre at Hilazon Tachtit (Israel): implications for Natufian site function. Submitted to Antiquity.

Articles in Progress related to project:

Grosman, L., Goldsmith Y., and U. Smilansky. Nahal Zihor handaxes: Manual and Computerized 3D analysis.

Sharon G., L. Grosman, O. Smikt and U. Smilansky. Quantifying Breakage Damage on Bifaces.

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