Dr. Aviad Agam

Projektwissenschaftler im Projekt „Exploring Fire-Use During the Paleolithic of Europe and the Levant“

Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Kochstr. 4/18
91054 Erlangen

E-Mail: aviadagam2(at)gmail.com

 

 

 

Dr. Aviad Agam

 

  • Paleolithic Archaeology
  • Early Fire
  • Lithic Raw Materials
  • Flint Quarrying in Prehistory
  • Human-Proboscidean Interaction

Education

  • 06/2015 – 07/2019
    Ph.D. student to prehistory at The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology, Tel-Aviv University (Direct track). Dissertation: „Flint Procurement and Exploitation Strategies in the Late Lower Paleolithic Levant: the case of Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave“, under the supervision of Prof. Ran Barkai (Tel Aviv University), Prof. Avi Gopher (Tel Aviv University), and Prof. Lucy Wilson (University of New Brunswick). Approved: June 2020.
  • 2013 – 2015
    M.A. – Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel-Aviv University. Without a thesis, as a part of the direct track to Ph.D.
  • 2010 – 2013-
    B.A. – Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel-Aviv University, with honors.

 

Research Expeditions

  • 8/2018
    Co-director of the excavation at Kerem Ben-Zimra – Paleolithic and Neolithic flint extraction and reduction piles (with M. Finkel).

 

Archaeological Field Work

  • 05-06-09-10/2017
    Area supervisor at the excavation of Late Acheulian Jaljulia.
  • 2013 – 2016-
    Area supervisor at the excavation of Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave.
  • 2011 – 2012-
    Participant at the excavation of Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave.
  • 2012 – 2016-
    Geologic flint sourcing in the surroundings of Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave.
  • 05/2015, 06/2016
    Participant in a survey of Paleolithic and Neolithic flint quarries in Northern Israel.
  • 2012 – 2015
    Geologic flint sourcing in the surroundings of Neolithic Ein Zippori.
  • 09/2012
    Area supervisor at the excavation of Tel-Arshaf.

  • 10/2021 – Present
    Rothschild Fellow, Yad HaNadiv Foundation, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
  • 08/2020 – 09/2021
    Post-doc research fellow at Tel-Aviv University, The J. M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and ANE Cultures.
  • 08/2019 – 07/2020
    Post-doc Feinberg fellowship at the Kimmel Center for Archaeological science, the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Books

Agam, A., 2021. Flint Procurement and Exploitation Strategies in the Late Lower Paleolithic Levant: A View from Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave (Israel). Archaeopress.

 

Journal Articles

Agam, A., Marder, O., Barkai, R. 2015. Small flake production and lithic recycling at Late Acheulian Revadim, Israel. Quaternary International 361, 46-60.

Agam, A., Barkai, R. 2016. Not the Brain Alone: The Nutritional Potential of Elephant Heads in Paleolithic Sites. Quaternary International 406(2), 218-226.

‏Wilson, L., Agam, A., Barkai, R., Gopher, A. 2016. Raw material choices in Amudian versus Yabrudian lithic assemblages at Qesem Cave: A preliminary evaluation. Quaternary International, 398, 61-69.

Agam, A., Walzer, N., Schechter, H., Zutovski, K., Milevski, I., Getzov, N., Gopher, A., Barkai, R. 2016. Organized waste disposal in the Pottery Neolithic: A Bifacial Workshop Refuse Pit at Ein Zippori, Israel. Journal of Field Archaeology, 41(6), 713-730.

Zutovski, K., Yerkes, R.W., Agam, A., Wilson, L., Milevski, I., Getzov, N., Barkai, R., Gopher, A. 2016. Techno-typological analysis of fan (tabular) scrapers, Ein Zippori, Israel. Journal of lithic Studies, 3(1), 207-238.

Agam, A., Barkai, R. 2018a. Elephant and Mammoth Hunting During the Paleolitihc: A Review of the Relevant Archaeological, Ethnographic and Ethno-Historical Records. Quaternary, 1(1), 3.

Agam, A., Barkai, R. 2018b. Small Flake Acheulian: Further Insights into Systematic Lithic Recycling at Late Acheulian Revadim, Israel. Tel-Aviv, 45(2), 170-192.

Schechter, H. C., Zutovski, K., Agam, A., Wilson, L., Gopher, A. 2018. Refitting Bifacial Production Waste–The Case of the Pottery Neolithic Wadi Rabah Refuse Pit from Ein Zippori, Israel. Lithic Technology, 43(4), 228-244.

Agam, A., Wilson, L. 2019. Blind test evaluation of consistency in macroscopic lithic raw material sorting. ‏‎Geoarchaeology, 34(4), 467-477.

Venditti, F., Cristiani, E., Nunziante-Cesaro, S., Agam, A., Lemorini, C., Barkai, R. 2019a. Animal residues found on tiny Lower Paleolithic tools reveal their use in butchery. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-14.

‏Venditti, F., Agam, A., Barkai, R. 2019b. Techno-functional analysis of small recycled flakes from Late Acheulian Revadim (Israel) demonstrates a link between morphology and function. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 28, 102039.

Agam, A., Wilson, L., Gopher, A., Barkai, R., 2019. Flint type analysis of bifaces from Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave (Israel) suggests an old Acheulian origin. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, 1-36.

Agam, A., Zupancich, A., 2020. Interpreting the Quina and Demi-Quina Scrapers from Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave, Israel: Results of Raw Materials and Functional Analyses. Journal of Human Evolution, 144, 102798.

Finkel, M., Gopher, A., Agam, A., 2020. Excavating tailing piles at Kakal Spur (Kerem Ben Zimra) locality in the Nahal Dishon Prehistoric flint extraction and reduction complex, northern Galilee, Israel. Archaeological Research in Asia, 23, 100207.

Agam, A., 2020. Late Lower Paleolithic Lithic Procurement and Exploitation Strategies: A View from Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave (Israel). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 33, 102447.

Agam, A., Azuri, I., Pinkas, I., Gopher, A., Natalio, F., 2021. Estimating temperatures of heated Lower Palaeolithic flint artefacts. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(2), 221-228.‏

Venditti, F., Agam, A., Tirillò, J., Nunziante-Cesaro, S., Barkai, R., 2021. An integrated study discloses chopping tools use from Late Acheulean Revadim (Israel). Plos one, 16(1), e0245595.

  • 2013-
    Lithic Recycling at the Late Acheulian Revadim, Israel: Preliminary Observation. Paper presented at the international Research Workshop of „The Origins of Recycling: A Paleolithic Perspective“, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. October 2013. (with O. Marder and R. Barkai).
  • 2014-
    Not the Brain Alone: The Nutritional Potential of Elephant Heads in Paleolithic Sites. Paper presented at the VIth International Conference on Mammoths and their Relatives held at Grevena and Siatista, Greece, May 2014. (With R. Barkai)
  • 2014-
    Preliminary evaluation of raw material choices at Qesem Cave. Paper presented at the annual UISPP, Burgos, Spain. September 2014. (with L. Wilson, R. Barkai and A. Gopher).
  • 2014-
    Not the Brain Alone: The Nutritional Potential of Elephant Heads in Paleolithic Sites. Paper presented at the Annual Israeli prehistory society conference, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, December 2014. (In Hebrew)
  • 2015-
    Sources of lithic raw materials at Qesem Cave, Israel: Analysis of a preliminary set of thin sections. Developing International GeoArchaeology (DIG), Alghero University, Sardinia, June 2016. (with L. Wilson, R. Barkai, and A. Gopher).
  • 2015-
    Considerations in lithic raw materials choice and exploitation in the Acheulo-Yabrudian site of Qesem Cave. Young researchers conference of the Archaeology department, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, June 2015. (In Hebrew).
  • 2015-
    Organized disposal of bifacial knapping waste in the Pottery Neolithic: A Case Study from Ein Zippori. Paper presented at the Annual Israeli prehistory society conference, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. December 2015. (with N. Walzer, H. Schechter, and K. Zutovski). (In Hebrew).
  • 2016-
    Like A Rolling Stone? Why Bob Dylan Shouldn’t Study Flint Sources. The 42th Israeli Archaeological Congress, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. April 2016. Winner of the short lecture competition (In Hebrew).
  • 2016-
    Lithic Procurement Strategies in the Lower Paleolithic: A View From Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave, Israel. European Society for the study of Human Evolution Annual Meeting 2016. Museo Arquelógico Regional in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. September 2016.
  • 2016-
    Refitting bifacial knapping waste: The Case Study of the Bifacial Refuse Pit at Ein Zippori, Israel. Paper presented at the Annual Israeli prehistory society conference, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. December 2016. (with H. Schechter and K. Zutovski). (In Hebrew).
  • 2017-
    Hunting Elephants: How prehistoric Societies Procured Elephants, and What for? The 43th Israeli Archaeological Congress, Hebrew University, Israel. April 2017. (with R. Barkai). (In Hebrew).
  • 2017-
    Blind test evaluation of consistency in macroscopic lithic raw material sorting. ‏‎Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) 2017, Newcastle University. September 2017. (with L. Wilson).
  • 2017-
    Patterns of flint raw material procurement and use in the late Neolithic through Early Bronze Age at Ein Zippori, Israel. Developing International Geoarchaeology (DIG) 2017, Newcastle University. September 2017. (with L. Wilson and A. Gopher).
  • 2017-
    The Elephant in the Cave: Procurement and transportation Strategies of proboscidean remains Found at Palaeolithic Caves Sites. The VII International Conference of Mammoths and Their Relatives, Taichung, Taiwan. September 2017.
  • 2017-
    Sources of Flint around the Acheulo-Yabrudian site of Qesem cave. Stone Procurement during the Paleolithic and Neolithic of the Levant Workshop. Tel-Aviv University. September 2017.
  • 2017-
    Quina and Demi-Quina scrapers at Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave, Israel: Results of a New Use-wear and Geoarchaeological study. The Lower to Middle Paleolithic Boundary: a view from the Near East. Haifa University. November 2017. (with A. Zupancich).
  • 2017-
    The Acheulian Site of Jaljulia: Two Seasons of Excavation. Paper presented at the Annual Israeli prehistory society conference, Hebrew University, Israel. December 2017. (with M. Shemer, L. Brailovski-Rochsar, N. Solodenko, N. Greenbaum, N. Porat, R. Sha’ar, Y. Averat and R. Barkai). (In Hebrew).
  • 2018-
    The peculiar presence of handaxes at Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave, Israel: A Geoarchaeological Perspective. Paper presented at the annual UISPP, Paris, France. June 2018. (with L. Wilson, R. Barkai and A. Gopher).
  • 2018-
    Introducing Jaljulia: A late Acheulian mega-site in central Israel. Paper presented at the annual UISPP, Paris, France. June 2018. (with M. Shemer, L. Brailovsky-Rokser, N. Solodenko, N. Greenbaum, N. Porat, R. Shaar, Y. Ebert, and R. Barkai).
  • 2018-
    Understanding the function of small flakes from Late Acheulean Revadim, Israel. Poster presented at the annual UISPP, Paris, France. June 2018. (with F. Venditti, and R. Barkai).
  • 2018-
    Techno-typological analysis of fan (tabular) scrapers, Ein Zippori, Israel. Poster presented at the annual UISPP, Paris, France. June 2018. (with K., Zutovski, R. W. Yerkes, L. Wilson, I. Milevski, N. Getzov, and A. Gopher).
  • 2018-
    The peculiar presence of handaxes at Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave, Israel: A Geoarchaeological Perspective. Paper presented at the at the Annual Israeli prehistory society conference, Israel Museum, Israel. November 2018.
  • 2019-
    Identifying Geologic origins of Flint at Acheulo-Yabrudian Qesem Cave, Israel: Results of an integrated study. Paper presented at the 8th Developing International Geoarchaeology Conference, Simon Fraser University, Canada, June 2019. (with L. Wilson, A. Gopher and R. Barkai).
  • 2021-
    Flint Type Analysis from Late Acheulian Jaljulia (Israel), and Possible Implications for the Origins of the Levallois Method. Paper presented at the 9th Developing International Geoarchaeology Conference, University of Algarve, Faro, 17-21 May 2021. (with T. Rosenberg-Yefet, L. Wilson, M. Shemer and R. Barkai).
  • 2021-
    Re-framing embedded lithic procurement. Paper presented at the Rock and Roll: 13th International Symposium on Knappable Materials in Tarragona, Spain (with C. Pop). 4-7th October 2021.