Archaeological Science: Recent Contribution to the Archaeology of the Southern Levant

·         Credit: 2

·         Lecture: Dr. Erez Ben Yosef

·         Semester: 2

·         Mondays 

The course deals with the integration of methods from the natural and exact sciences in archaeological research by presenting various case studies from the Levant, with a focus on the Bronze and Iron Ages.  The students will be exposed to methods from the forefront of current research, including analyses of ecofacts (archaeo-zoology, archaeo-botany), advanced dating techniques (archaeo-magnetism, radiocarbon, OSL), and various methods for analyses of inorganic archaeological materials (petrography, XRF, XRD and more). The course demonstrates the substantial contribution of integrative studies to key topics in the archaeology of ancient Israel and beyond.