Prof. Aharon Horowitz

Professor of Quaternary Geology and Palynology


BA – Hebrew University, 1962
MSc – Hebrew University, 1964
Ph.D. – Hebrew University, 1969
Ph.D. Dissertation: The Late Pleistocene-Holocene Climate and Vegetation of the Northern Jordan Valley.

Fields of Research

Quaternary Paleoenvironments and Human Settlements in Connection with the Natural Environment.

Temporary Appointments

1965 Geologist, Israeli South Red Sea Expedition
1970 Palynologist, Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, Capo di Ponte, Italy
1971 Visiting Professor, Department of Geology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1975 Sabbatical, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa
1976 Geologist and Palynologist, Huelva Archaeo-Metalurgical Expedition, Spain
1978-1979 Geologist, The Arava Expedition, Timna, Israel
1979 Sabbatical, Department of Geology, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, USA
1980 Sabbatical, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1983 Geologist, Research Project on Acheulian settlement pattern in the Zeekoe Valley, Republic of South Africa
1986 Sabbatical, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kanazawa, Japan
1989 Summer sabbatical, Laboratoire de Palynologie, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier, France
1993 Summer sabbatical, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, and Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
1996-1997 Sabbatical, Geological Survey of Israel’s Library, Jerusalem
1999-2000 Sabbatical, Geological Survey of Israel’s Library, Jerusalem

Academic and professional experience

1963-1966 Department of Geology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Teaching Assistant
1967-1970 Geological Survey of Israel, Palynologist
Since 1970 Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Tel Aviv University, Quaternary Geologist and Palynologist, teaching and research
1970 Senior Lecturer
1975 Associate Professor
1995 Professor

Membership in Learned Societies

Since 1961 The Israel Geological Society, Israel
1964-1965 Secretary
1970-1985 (then merged with the Israel Geological Society): The Israel Pleistocene Association, Israel
1970-1972 Secretary
1979-1981 Chairman
Since 1967 American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, USA
Since 1972 Associacion Latinoamericana de Paleobotanica y Palynologìa, Argentina
Since 1972 Quaternary Research Association, England
Since 1980 American Quaternary Association, USA

Current Projects

The Geology, Environments and Human Settlement of the Jordan Rift Valley.

Selected Publications


Horowitz, A. 1979. The Quaternary of Israel. New York.

Horowitz, A. 1992. Palynology of Arid Lands. Amsterdam.

Horowitz, A. 2001. The Jordan Rift Valley. Rotterdam.


Horowitz, A. 1989. Continuous Pollen Diagrams for the last 3.5 Million Years from Israel: Vegetation, Climate and Correlation with the Oxygen Isotope Record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 72:63-78.

Horowitz, A. 1989. Palynological Evidence for the Quaternary Rates of Accumulation along the Dead Sea Rift, and Structural Implications. Tectonophysics 164:63-71.

Horowitz, A. 1989. Prehistoric Cultures of Israel: Correlation with the Oxygen Isotope Scale. BAR International Series 497. Oxford: 5-17.

Fuji, N. and Horowitz, A. 1989. Brunhes Epoch Paleoclimates of Japan and Israel. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 72:79-88.

Nissenbaum, A. and Horowitz, A. 1992. The Levantine Amber Belt. Journal of African Earth Sciences 14(2):295-300.

Rosensaft, M. and Horowitz, A. 1993. Point Counter for palynologists. American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Newsletter 26(4):8-11.

Horowitz, A. 1997. Review of Lower Paleolithic Site locations in Israel, Ppossibly Controlled by Deposition and Erosion Processes. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences 45(3):137-145.

Horowitz, A. 2000. The Middle Oligocene of the Dead Sea and Vicinity. Geological Survey of Israel Current Research 12:197-205.