Present Project

Past Projects


Present Project

Excavations 1989-1997:

Alperson-Afil, N. 2007. Ancient Flames: Controlled Use of Fire at the Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. PHD Thesis. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Alperson-Afil, N. 2008. Continual fire-making by Hominins at Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. Quaternary Science Reviews 27:1733-1739.

Alperson-Afil, N., and N. Goren-Inbar. 2006. Out of Africa and into Eurasia through controlled use of fire: evidence from Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel. Archaeology Anthropology & Ethnology of Eurasia 4(28):63-78.

Alperson-Afil, N., D. Richter, and N. Goren-Inbar. 2007. Phantom hearths and controlled use of fire at Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. PaleoAnthropology 2007:1-15.

Ashkenazi, S., U. Motro, N. Goren-Inbar, R. Bitton, and R. Rabinovich. 2005. New morphometric parameters for assessment of body size and population structure in freshwater fossil crab assemblage from the Pleistocene site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov (GBY), Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science 32:675-689.

Belitzky, S. 1987. Tectonics of the Korazim Saddle. M. Sci. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Belitzky, S. 2002. The structure and morphotectonics of the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov area, Northern Dead Sea Rift, Israel. Quaternary Research 58:372-380.

Belitzky, S., N. Goren-Inbar, and E. Werker. 1991. A Middle Pleistocene wooden plank with man-made polish. Journal of Human Evolution 20:349-53.

Brande, S., and I. Saragusti. 1996. A morphometric model and Landmark Analysis of Acheulian handaxes from Northern Israel. Pp. 423-435. In L. F. Marcus, M. Corti, A. Loy, G. J. P. Naylor, and D. E. Slice, eds. Advances in Morphometrics. Plenum Press, New York.

Brande, S., and I. Saragusti. 1999. Graphic Visualization of Handaxes and other Artifacts. Near Eastern Archaeology 62(4):242-245.

Dag, D., and N. Goren-Inbar. 2001. An actualistic study of dorsally plain flakes: a technological note. Lithic Technology 26(2):105-117.

Delage, C. 2007. Chert procurement in the Acheulean of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov (Israel): Preliminary assessments. Pp. 240-257. In J.Hedges, and E. Hedges, eds. Chert Availability and Prehistoric Exploitation in the Near East. BAR International Series, Oxford.

Feibel, C. S. 2004. Quaternary lake margins of the Levant Rift Valley. Pp. 21-36. In N. Goren-Inbar, and J. D. Speth, eds. Human Paleoecology in the Levantine Corridor. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Feibel, C. S., N. Goren-Inbar, K. L. Verosub, and I. Saragusti. 1998. Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel: new evidence for its stratigraphic and sedimentologic context. Journal of Human Evolution 34(3):A7.

Feibel, S. C. 2001. Archaeological sediments in lake margin environments. Pp. 127-148. In J. K. Stein, and W. R. Farrand, eds. Sediments in Archaeological Contexts. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Goren-Inbar, N. 1992. The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov - an Asian or an African entity? Pp. 67-82. In T. Akazawa, K. Aoki, and T. Kimura, eds. The evolution and dispersal of modern humans in Asia. Hokusen-sha, Tokyo.

Goren-Inbar, N. 1992. The site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov. Qadmoniot 25(1-2) 97-98:15-19. (in Hebrew)

Goren-Inbar, N. 1998. Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: the Acheulian Cultural Sequence. Journal of Human Evolution 34(3):A8.

Goren-Inbar, N. 2004. The Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov Acheulian Site – The Environment and Behavior of Early/Middle Pleistocene Settlers in the Hula Valley. Pp. 267-278. In A. P. Derevianko, and T. I. Nokhrina, eds. Arkheologiya i paleoekologiya Evrasii [Archaeology and Paleoecology of Eurasia]. Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS Press, Novosibirsk.

Goren-Inbar, N., N. Alperson, M. E. Kislev, O. Simchoni, Y. Melamed, A. Ben-Nun, and E. Werker. 2004. Evidence of Hominin Control of Fire at Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. Science 304:725-727.

Goren-Inbar, N., and S. Belitzky. 1989 b. Structural position of the Pleistocene Gesher Benot Ya'aqov site in the Dead Sea Rift Zone. Quaternary Research 31:371-376.

Goren-Inbar, N., S. Belitzky, Y. Goren, R. Rabinovitch, and I. Saragusti. 1992. Gesher Benot Ya'aqov - the "bar": an Acheulian assemblage. Geoarchaeology 7(1):27-40.

Goren-Inbar, N., S. Belitzky, K. Verosub, E. Werker, M. Kislev, A. Heimann, I. Carmi, and A. Rosenfeld. 1992. New discoveries at the Middle Pleistocene Gesher Benot Ya'aqov Acheulian site. Quaternary Research 38:117-128.

Goren-Inbar, N., C. S. Feibel, K. L. Verosub, Y. Melamed, M. E. Kislev, E. Tchernov, and I. Saragusti. 2000. Pleistocene Milestones on the Out-of-Africa Corridor at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel. Science 289:944-974.

Goren-Inbar, N., Z. Lewy, and M. E. Kislev. 1991. The taphonomy of a Jurassic bead-like fossil from an Acheulian occupation at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov. RAR 8(2):133-136.

Goren-Inbar, N., A. Lister, E. Werker, and M. Chech. 1994. A butchered elephant skull and associated artifacts from the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel. Paléorient 20(1):99-112.

Goren-Inbar, N., and I. Saragusti. 1996. An Acheulian biface assemblage from the site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel: indications of African affinities. Journal of Field Archaeology 23:15-30.

Goren-Inbar, N., and G. Sharon. 2006. Invisible Handaxes and Visible Acheulian Biface Technology at Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. Pp. 111-135. In N. Goren-Inbar, and G. Sharon, eds. Axe Age: Acheulian Tool-making from Quarry to Discard. Equinox, London.

Goren-Inbar, N., G. Sharon, N. Alperson-Afil, and I. Laschiver. 2008. The Acheulian Massive Scrapers of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov - an Associated Product of the Large Cutting Tools Chaîne Opératoire. Journal of Human Evolution 55:702-712.

Goren-Inbar, N., G. Sharon, Y. Melamed, and M. Kislev. 2001. Nuts, nut cracking, and pitted stones at the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel. PNAS 99(4):2455-2460.

Goren-Inbar, N., E. Werker, and C. S. Feibel. 2002. The Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: The Wood Assemblage. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Goren-Inbar, N., I. Zohar, and D. Ben-Ami. 1991. A new look at old cleavers - Gesher Benot Ya'aqov. Mitekufat Haeven 24:7-33.

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.

Hartman, G. 2001. Ecology, Morphometry, and Taphonomy of the Freshwater Turtle (Mauremys caspicca rivulata) in the Jordan Valley today and 879kya at the Site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel. M. A. Thesis. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

Hartman, G. 2004. Long-term continuity of a freshwater turtle (Mauremys caspica rivulata) population in the Northern Jordan Valley and its paleoenvironmental Implications. Pp. 61-74. In N. Goren-Inbar, and J. D. Speth, eds. Human Paleoecology in the Levantine Corridor. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Madsen, B., and N. Goren-Inbar. 2004. Acheulian giant core technology and beyond: an archaeological and experimental case study. Eurasian Prehistory 2(1):3-52.

Martínez-Navarro, B. 2004. Hippos, Pigs, Bovids, Saber-toothed Tigers, Monkeys, and Hominids: Dispersals through the Levantine Corridor during Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene Times. Pp. 37-51. In N. Goren-Inbar, and J. D. Speth, eds. Human Paleoecology in the Levantine Corridor. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Melamed, Y. 1997. Reconstruction of the Landscape and the Vegetarian Diet at Gesher Benot Ya'aqov Archaeological Site in the Lower Paleolithic Period. M.Sc. Bar-Ilan, Ramat Gan. (in Hebrew)

Melamed, Y. 2003. Reconstruction of the Hula Valley Vegetation and the Hominid Vegetarian Diet by the Lower Palaeolithic Botanical Remains from Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov. Ph. D. Bar-Ilan, Ramat Gan. (in Hebrew)

Mienis, H., and S. Ashkenazi. 2006. Remains of egg capsules from Theodoxus on 780,000- and 14,000-year old shells from Gesher Benot Ya’aqov. Haasiana 3:70–71.

Rabinovich, R., S. Gaudzinski, and N. Goren-Inbar. 2008. Systematic butchering of Fallow deer (Dama) at the early Middle Pleistocene Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, (Israel). Journal of human Evolution 54:134-149.

Rabinovich, R., S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser, and N. Goren-Inbar. 2006. Site Formation Processes - The Role of Hominin and Natural Agents in the Formation of Striations and Cut Marks on Bones at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel. Final report to German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development, Jerusalem.

Rink, W. J., and H. P. Schwarcz. 2005. Short contribution: ESR and Uranium Deries dating of teeth from the Lower Paleolithic site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel: confirmation of paleomagnetic age indications. Geoarchaeology 20(1):57-66.

Rosenfeld, A., Y. Nathan, S.C.Feibel, B. Schilman, L. Halicz, N. Goren-Inbar, and R. Siman-Tov. 2004. Paleoenvironment of the Acheulian Gesher Benot Ya'aqov Pleistocene lacustrine strate, Northern Israel - lithology, ostracod assemblages and ostracod shell geochemistry. Journal of African Earth Sciences 38:169-181.

Saragusti, I. 2002. Changes in the Morphology of Handaxes from Lower Paleolithic Assemblages in Israel. PH.D. Thesis. The Hebrew university of Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

Saragusti, I., and N. Goren-Inbar. 2001. The biface assemblage from Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Israel: illuminating patterns in "Out of Africa" dispersal. Quaternary International 75:85-89.

Saragusti, I., A. Karasik, I. Sharon, and U. Smilansky. 2005. Quantitative analysis of shape attributes based on contours and section profiles in artifact analysis. Jounal of Archaeological Science 32:841-853.

Saragusti, I., I. Sharon, O. Katzenelson, and D. Avnir. 1998. Quantitative Analysis of the Symmetry of Artefacts: Lower Paleolithic Handaxes. Journal of Archaeological Science 25:817-825.

Saragusti, I., I. Sharon, O. Katzenelson, and D. Avnir. 1998. Quantitative analysis of the symmetry of artifacts. Symmetry: Culture and Science 9(2-4):408-414.

Sharon, G. 2000. Acheulian Basalt Tools of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: Experimental and Technological Study. M. A. thesis. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

Sharon, G. 2006. Acheulian Large Flake Industries - Technology, Chronology, Distribution and Significance. Ph.D. Thesis. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Sharon, G. 2007a. The impact of raw material on Acheulian large flake production. Journal of Archaeological Science 35:1329-1344.

Sharon, G. 2007b. Acheulian Large Flake Industries: Technology, Chronology, and Significance. BAR International Series, Oxford.

Sharon, G. 2009. Acheulian Giant-Core Technology A Worldwide Perspective. Current Anthropology 50(3):335-367.

Sharon, G., C. Feibel, S. Belitzky, O. Marder, H. M. Khalaily, and R. Rabinovich. 2002. 1999 Jordan River drainage project damages Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: a preliminary study of the archaeological and geological implications. Pp. 1*-19*. In Z. Gal, ed. Eretz Zafon: Studies in Galilean Archaeology. Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.

Sharon, G., and N. Goren-Inbar. 1999. Soft percussor use at the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov Acheulian site? Mitekufat Haeven 28:55-79.

Shoshani, J., N. Goren-Inbar, and R. Rabinovich. 2001. A stylohyoideum of Palaeoloxodon antiquus from Gesher Benot Yaaqov, Israel: morphology and functional inferences. Pp. 665-667. The World of Eelephants - International Congress. Rome.

Simmons, T. 2004. “A Feather for Each Wind that Blows”: Utilizing avifauna in assessing changing patterns in paleoecology and subsistence at Jordan Valley archaeological sites. Pp. 191-205. In N. Goren-Inbar, and J. D. Speth, eds. Human Paleoecology in the Levantine Corridor. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Verosub, K. L., N. Goren-Inbar, C. S. Feibel, and I. Saragusti. 1998. Location of the Matuyama/Brunhes boundary in the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov archaeological site. Journal of Human Evolution 34(3):A22.

Werker, E. 2006. 780,000-year-old wood from Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov, Israel. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences 54:291-300.

Werker, E., and N. Goren-Inbar. 2001. Reconstruction of the Woody Vegetation at the Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, Dead Sea Rift, Israel. Pp. 206-213. In B. A. Purdy, ed. Enduring Records: The Environmental and Cultural Heritage of Wetlands. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Werker, E., and N. Goren-Inbar. 2003. The prehistoric forest at the Hula Region, Israel. Forest: Journal of Forests, Woodland & Environment 4:41-46. (in Herbew)

Zeist, W. v., and S. Bottema. 2009. A palynological study of the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel. Veget. Hist. Archaeobot. 18:105-121.

Zohar, I. 1993. A new approach to the analysis of cleavers: a topographical perspective. Mitekufat Haeven 25:103-119.

In Press:

Alperson-Afil, N., and N. Goren-Inbar. in press. The Achulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: Ancient Flames and Controlled Use of Fire. Springer, Dordrecht.

Ashkenazi, S., K. Klass, H. K. Mienis, and B. Spiro. 2009. Intact fossil embryos and adult Vivipaarids from the Early-Middle Pleistocene site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov: Ecology, longevity and fecundity. Lathaia.

Feibel, C. S., M. Frumin, and N. Goren-Inbar. in press. Historical Perspectives on Long-Term Landscape Evolution in the Hula Basin. In J. J. J. Shea, and D. E. Lieberman, eds. Transitions in Prehistory: Essays in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef. Oxbow Books for the American Schools of Prehistoric Research, Oxford.

Goren-Inbar, N. in press. Behavioral and Cultural Origins of Neanderthals: A Levantine Perspective. In S. Condemi, and G.-C. Weniger, eds. 150 Years of Neanderthal Discoveries. Continuity and Discontinuity. Springer.

Levy, S. in preparation. Biomarker Compounds in the Lacustrine Sediments of the Benot Ya'aqov Formation, Upper Jordan Valley. MSc. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Rabinovich, R., S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser, L. Kindler, and N. Goren-Inbar. in press. The Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya‘aqov: Mammalian Taphonomy - The Assemblages of Layers V-5 and V-6. Springer, Dordrecht.

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