Prof. Ram Gophna

Emeritus in faculty of humanities
מנהלת הפקולטה למדעי הרוח אמריטוס
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Professor Emeritus


BA - Hebrew University, 1954
MA - Hebrew University, 1964
Ph.D. - Tel Aviv University, 1974
Ph.D. Dissertation: The Settlement of the Coastal Plain of Eretz-Israel during the Early Bronze Age.

Fields of Research

Settlement Archeaology of Israel during the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze-Intermediate Bronze Ages

Current Projects

Settlement, Urbanization and Social Change Processes During the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze Age in the Central Coastal Plain of Israel

Selected Publications


Gophna, R. 1995. Excavations at 'En Besor. Tel Aviv.

Gophna, R. 1996. Excavations at Tel Dalit. Tel Aviv.

Gophna, R. and Beit-Arieh, I. 1997. Map of Lod (80). Jerusalem.

Gophna, R. and Ayalon, E. 1998. Map of Herzliya (69). Jerusalem.


Gophna, R. 1984. The Settlement Landscape of Palestine during the Early Bronze II-III and Middle Bronze II. IEJ 34:24-31.

Gophna, R. and Portugali, Y. 1988. Settlement and Demographic Processes in Israel's Coastal Plain from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Bronze Age. BASOR 269:3-36.

Gophna, R., Liphschitz, N. and Lev-Yadin, S. 1986-7. Man's Impact on the Natural Vegetation of the Coastal Plain of Israel during the Chalcolithic Period and the Bronze Age. Tel Aviv 13:71-84.

Gophna, R. 1992. The Intermediate Bronze Age. In: Ben-Tor, A. ed. The Archaeology of Ancient Israel. Tel Aviv 12:6-158.

Gophna, R. 1995. Early Bronze Age Canaan: Some Spatial and Demographic Observations. In: Levy, T. ed. The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land. London: 269-280.

Gophna, R. 1996. The Southern Coastal Troughs as Early Bronze Age I Subsistence Areas. Israel Exploration Journal 47:155-161.

Gophna, R. 2002. Elusive Anchorage Points along the Israel Littoral and the Egyptian-Canaanite Maritime Route During the Early Bronze Age I. In: Van der Brink, E.M. and Levy, T.E. eds. Egypt and the Levant. London-New York: 418-421.

Ph.D. Students

Michal Eran-Lubin. 2001-ongoing.
Landscape Archaeology of Early Bronze Age Settlements in Canaan - Formalization of Change in Spacetime.

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