Dr. Reuven Yeshurun is Chair of the Department of Archaeology, the University of Haifa. He is an archaeologist interested in the Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic periods, ancient human ecology, the evolution of hunting and early sedentism. He studies the first settled societies of the Near East, with special focus on the Natufian Culture. Additionally, he uses zooarchaeological methods to investigate human subsistence and ecology during the Pleistocene.
Currently he co-direct multi-annual excavation projects in two Epipaleolithic sites in Mt. Carmel, Israel: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of el-Wad Terrace (Natufian Culture) and the Geometric Kebaran camp of Neve David. Additionally, he studies diverse Middle and Upper Paleolithic archaeofaunal assemblages, notably from Misliya Cave, Nesher-Ramla and Manot Cave.
PhD (2012), University of Haifa, Department of Archaeology
Post-doc (2012-2014), Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Program in Human Ecology and Archaeobiology
Lecturer (2014-2017), University of Haifa, Department of Archaeology
Senior Lecturer (2017-present), University of Haifa, Department of Archaeology