Test and Salvage excavation 2001
Two short rescue seasons were conducted at Qesem Cave during 2001, one on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology,
Tel Aviv University and one in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The excavations in 2001 exposed a 7.5 m depth of archaeological sediments with a complex stratigraphy, showing
overlying anthropogenic horizons each yielding lithic and faunal assemblages in fresh condition.
1st season 2004
In summer 2004 we exposed major parts of the stratigraphy in a series of sections and started a horizontal, relatively
large (16 sq. m.) exposure in the upper part of the cave. The study of sediments and stratigraphy (micromorphology),
preparations and dosimetry for further dating by TL and ESR, sampling for more U/Th dating in the framework of climatic
reconstruction (by stable isotope analysis), and attempting an as thorough speleological study as possible to reconstruct
cave history are all currently under way.
2nd season 2005
3rd season 2006
4th season 2008