Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef

  • Archaeology
ארכיאולוגיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef
Phone: 03-6406055
Fax: 03-6406883
Office: Gilman-humanities, 311א


Erez Ben-Yosef studied archaeology and geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc.) and archaeology and anthropology at the University of California, San Diego (M.A., Ph.D.). His doctoral dissertation, entitled Technology and Social Process: Oscillations in Iron Age Copper Production and Power in Southern Jordan was published in 2010 and presents results of six years of field and laboratory research on the copper mines of the southern Levant (Jordan and Israel). During 2010-2011 he carried out postdoctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, focusing on the ancient copper mines of Cyprus and the application of slag material in geomagnetic research. Since 2011 he teaches at the department of archaeology and the graduate program in archaeology and archaeomaterials at Tel Aviv University.

Ben-Yosef has authored multiple research papers on archaeometallurgy, archaeomagnetism and Iron Age archaeology. He is currently directing the Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project – a multidisciplinary research into Iron Age copper production in the southern Levant. The project, supported by the Yad Hanadiv Foundation's Yizhar Hirschfeld Memorial Fellowship in Archaeology and the Marie Curie PEOPLE grant, includes new excavations and surveys, as well as laboratory analyses at TAU and abroad, aimed at elucidating various aspects of ancient human exploitation of a limited natural resource. 



(2014- ) Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and ANE Cultures, Tel Aviv University

Education and professional appointments

  • 2010-2011 Post Doc researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)
  • 2010 Ph.D. in anthropology (archaeology), University of California, San Diego (dissertation)
  • 2008 M.A. in anthropology (archaeology), University of California, San Diego (thesis)
  • 2006 M.Sc. in geology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude) (thesis)
  • 2004 B.A. in archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (magna cum laude)
  • 2003 B.Sc. in geology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Research Interests

  • Archaeometallurgy: metal production in the Ancient Near East
  • Archaeomagnetism: establishing dating references and other magnetic applications in archaeology 
  • Geoarchaeology: application of geological techniques and methodologies in archaeology
  • Iron Age Archaeology of the southern Levant
  • Ancient technology and social change
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Archaeology and history of Jordan

Professional Memberships

  • World Archaeological Congress (WAC)
  • Society of American Archaeology (SAA)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
  • American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)
  • Israel Exploration Society (IES)
  • Israel Geological Society (IGS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Current Archaeological Projects

  • The Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project (Director)
  • The Cyprus Archaeomagnetic Project (CAMP)
  • Edom Lowland Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP)

Research Students

Mike Millman, (MA), (together with Professor Oded Lipschits), Archaeomagnetic Constraints on the Chronology of the Judean Stamped Jar Handles

Omri Yagel, (MA), Characterization of Late Bronze Age Copper Production Technologies in Timna Valley: Site 3 as a Case Study

Ilana Peters, (MA)Determining Temporal Contexts of Technological Records: The Application of Archaeomagnetic Dating to Copper Slag Deposits in Timna

Vanessa Workman (MA)The Fabric of a Mining Community: The Textiles and Cordage of Iron Age Timna

Craig Smitheram (MA) OSL Dating of Timna's Copper Mines: Insights on Technological Evolution and Social Organization

Mark Cavanaugh (MA) (together with Dr. Dafna Langgut), Sustainability of an Industry on the Fringe: An Anthracologic Investigation into Fuel Sources at the Iron Age Copper Smelting Site of Timna 34

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