Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology


Shira Gur-Arieh Bio    CV    Publications

Current position:

Junior Research Group on Plant foods in hominin dietary ecology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


Education

2009-2014

PhD in Archaeology, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University and Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
Dissertation: An Experimental, Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Study of Cooking Installations: Case Studies from Iron Age Southern Levant.
Supervisors: Prof. A. M. Maeir of the Bar-Ilan University, Dr. R. Shahack-Gross and Dr. E. Boaretto of the Weizmann Institute of Science

2006-2008

M.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Archaeology, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Dissertation: Siege Systems in The Ancient Near East: A Case Study From Tell Es-Safi/ Gath.
Supervisor: Prof. A. M. Maeir

2001-2004 B.A. (Summa cum Laude) in Archaeology, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.


Honors and Awards

2010-2011    

Kuchinsky Scholarship of the Martin (Szusz) Department of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University.

2007             Bar-Ilan University Rector Award for Academic Excellency
2006-2008  Bar-Ilan University Scholarship for Academic Excellency

2006-2008    

Yaakov Markowitz Scholarship for Academic Excellency


Professional Experience and Appointments

2012 Ethnoarchaeological survey of cooking installations in Jordan.
2010, 2012 Ethnoarchaeological research of cooking installations in Uzbekistan
2008-2012 Geoarchaeological sampling for cooking installations research at various sites: Tell es-Saf/Gath, Tel Megiddo, Qubur al-Walaydah, Tel Beit Shemesh, Nes-Ziona, Ramat- Rahel.
2009, 2011 Field archaeologist, ethnoarchaeological excavation at the Gvulot Mud House.
2008-2011 Geoarchaeologist, Tell es-Safi/Gath archaeological project, under Prof. A. Maeir and Prof. S. Weiner.
2008 Director of Philistine hearths experimental archaeology project.
2007 Area supervisor, Tell es-Safi/Gath excavations, under Prof. A. M.  Maeir.
2005-2006 Area assistant supervisor, Tell es-Safi/Gath excavations, under Prof. A. M.  Maeir.
2005 Field archaeologist, Temple Mount Antiquities salvage operation, under Dr. G. Barkay.
2004 Registrar, Tell es-Safi/Gath excavations, under Prof. A. M.  Maeir.
2003 Educational excavation at Deir 'Aziz and Umm el-Qanatir, under Dr. I. Gonen and Prof. H. Ben- David.
2002 Participant in archaeological survey, Ramat Ha’Golan survey, under Prof. H. Ben- David.
2001 Educational excavation at Deir 'Aziz, under Prof. H. Ben- David.


Scientific Methods: Archaeological excavation, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Phytolith analysis, Soil micromorphology, Phosphate concentration analysis, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF).

Lectures and Teaching

2013            

“An Experimental, Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Study of Cooking Installations Development of a New Method for Identification of Fuel Sources”. Seminar at the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science in the Weizmann Institute of Science.

“Iron Age Cooking Installations Experimental, Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Study”. Invited lecture for the MA seminar of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2012

“Anhydrite in Cooking Installations”. Round table at the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science in the Weizmann Institute of Science.

“Ethnoarchaeology of cooking installations in Uzbekistan 2011”. Seminar at the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science in the Weizmann Institute of Science.

2011

Laboratory tutoring of undergraduate class “Introduction to Archaeological Science”.

Group instructor in the International Field School for Archaeological Science at Tell es-Safi/Gath.

“FTIR spectroscopy applications in Archaeology”. Lectures at the Davidson Young Scholars program, Weizmann Institute of Science.

 “Integrative Studies of Cooking Installations in Iron Age Israel”. Talk at the Germany Israel Foundation Safi/Tiryns meeting at Tell es-Safi/Gath archaeological Laboratory, Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department, Bar-Ilan University.

2010

“Cooking Installation at Tell es-Safi/ Gath, Preliminary Report”. Lecture in the “Safi day” at Tell es-Safi/Gath archaeological Laboratory, Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department, Bar-Ilan University.

“Ethnoarchaeological survey of cooking installation, Uzbekistan 2009”. Seminar at Tell es-Safi/Gath archaeological Laboratory, Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department, Bar-Ilan University.

2006-2008

Teaching archaeology in various schools and community centers in Israel through the Israeli Antique Authority.    


Languages:    Hebrew, English- fluent speaking and reading, Spanish- basic speaking.