Dr. Lidar Sapir Hen

  • Archaeology
ארכיאולוגיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Lidar Sapir Hen
Phone: 03-6406028
Office: Gilman-humanities, 324


Lidar Sapir-Hen is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. She is the head of the Laboratory of Archaeozoology at the Institute of Archaeology, and curator of Archaeozoological Collections of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History. Working across a range of interdisciplinary fields, Lidar studied Life Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (B.Sc.), and Ecology/Zoology and Archaeology at Tel Aviv University (B.A., M.Sc, Ph.D.). Specialised in the study of animal remains, Lidar’s main research interests include, the interaction between humans and animals in the past, social complexity of ancient populations, and identity and cultural aspects as reflected in food production and consumption. Lidar is currently involved with several excavations that date from the early Neolithic through to the Byzantine period. 

More on the Laboratory of Archaeozoology, research and people: http://zooarchtau.wixsite.com/sapirhenlab


Research interests

  • Archaeozoology
  • Interaction between humans and animals in the past
  • Social complexity of ancient populations
  • Identity and cultural aspects as reflected in food production and consumption. 


Sapir-Hen, L. 2016. Pigs as an ethnic marker? Biblical Archaeology Review. Nov/Dec pp. 41-43. (invited paper).

​Sapir-Hen, L., Dayan, T., Khalaily, H., Munro, N.D. 2016. Human Hunting and Nascent Animal Management at Middle Pre-Pottery Neolithic Yiftah'el, Israel. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0156964. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156964.  http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0156964

​Sapir-Hen, L., Gadot, Y., Finkelstein, I. 2016. Animal Economy in a Temple City and its Countryside: Iron Age Jerusalem as a Case Study. Bulletin of American Society for Oriental Research 375: 103-118.

Sapir-Hen, L., Sasson, A., Kleiman, A., Finkelstein, I. 2016. Social stratification in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages: an intra-site investigation at Megiddo. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 35(1): 47-73.

Sapir-Hen, L., Meiri, M., Finkelstein, I. 2015. Iron Age pigs: new evidence on their origin and role in forming identity boundaries. Radiocarbon 57(2): 307-315.

Sapir-Hen, L. 2015. Not so supportive. Biblical Archaeology Review special issue: "40 futures: experts predict what's next for biblical archaeology". Pp. 56-58.​ (invited paper).

​Sapir-Hen, L. 2015. The faunal remains. In Borowski, O. (Ed.): The Tel Halif Excavations PHASE IV. 2014 Field Season Field V. Atlanta Georgia: Emory University. Pp. 167-181.

Sapir-Hen, L. 2015. Animal bones: possible evidence for death rituals. In Tal, O., and Taxel, I. (Eds.): Samaritan Cemeteries and Tombs in the Southern Coastal Plain: The Archaeology and History of the Samaritan Settlement outside Samaria (ca. 300–700 CE). Münster: Ugarit-Verlag. Pp. 123-127.

Raban-Gerstel, N., Agha, N., Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G. 2015. Dog burial from the City of David:  zooarchaeological, taphonomic, and pathological analysis. In Mazar, E. (ed.): The Summit of the City of David Excavations Seasons 2005-2008: Final Reports Volume I. Jerusalem: Shoham.  Pp. 487-496.

Sapir-Hen, L., Gadot, Y., Finkelstein, I. 2014. Environmental and historical impacts on long term animal economy: the southern Levant in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 57(5): 703-744.

Sapir-Hen, L., Pines, M, Tal, O. 2014. Animal economy and social diversity in Byzantine Apollonia/Sozousa. Levant 46(3): 371-381.

Sapir-Hen, L. and Ben-Yosef, E. 2014. Socioeconomic status of Iron Age metal workers: animal economy in the “Slaves’ Hill”, Timna, Israel. Antiquity 88 (341): 775-790.

Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Sharon, I., Gilboa, A. Dayan, T. 2014. Food and culture at Tel Dor, Israel: a diachronic study of faunal remains from 15 centuries of continuous occupation. Bulletin of American Society for Oriental Research 371: 83-101.

Meiri, M., Huchon, D., Bar-Oz, G., Boaretto, E, Kolsk,a L, Maeir, A, Sapir-Hen, L., Larson, G, Weiner, S, Finkelstein, I. 2013. Ancient DNA and population turnover in southern Levant pigs – a signature of the Philistine migration? Scientific Reports 3, 3035; DOI:10.1038 srep03035 .

Sapir-Hen, L. and Ben-Yosef, E. 2013. The introduction of domestic camels to the southern Levant: evidence from the Aravah Valley. Tel Aviv 40(2): 278-285.

Sapir-Hen, L. 2013. Appendix: the faunal remains. Pp. 119-122. In: Tal, O., Taxel, I. Khirbet al-Adra: More on Refuse Disposal Practices in Early Islamic Palestine. Strata 31: 91-122.

Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Gadot, Y., Finkelstein, I. 2013. Pig husbandry in Iron Age Israel and Judah: new insights regarding the origin of the “taboo”. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 129(1): 1-20.

Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Sharon, I., Gilboa, A., Dayan, T. 2012. Understanding faunal contexts of a complex tell: Tel Dor, Israel, as a case study. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 590-601.

Finkelstein I., Ben Dor Evian S., Boaretto E., Cabanes D., Cabanes M., Eliyahu A., Feigenbaum S., Gadot Y., Langgut D., Martin M., Meiri M., Namdar D., Sapir-Hen L., Shahack-Gross R., Shaus A., Sober B., Tofollo M., Yahalom-Mack N., Zapassky L., Weiner S. 2012. Macro and micro archaeology as tools in reconstructing the history of ancient Israel. Biblical History and Ancient Israel 1: 133-150.

Sapir-Hen, L. 2011. Dog burials at Dor. In: Nitschke. J.L., Martin. S.R., Shalev. Y. Between the Carmel and the Sea. Tel Dor: The Later Periods. Near Eastern Archaeology 74(3): 132-154.

Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G. Khalaily, H., Dayan, T. 2009. The last of the gazelle hunters in the southern Levant: the faunal remains from the Neolithic site of Motza, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1538-1546.

Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Hershkovitz, I., Raban-Gerstel, N., Marom, N., Dayan, T. 2008. Palaeopathology survey of ancient mammal bones in Israel. Veterinarija ir Zootechnika 42(64): 62-70.    

Khalaily, H., Bar-Yosef, O., Barzilai, O., Boaretto, E.,  Bockuentin, E., Eirikh- Rose, A., Greenhut, Z., Goring-Morris, A.N., Le-dosseur, G., Marder, O., Sapir-Hen, L., Yizhaq., M. 2008. Excavation at Motza at the Judean Hills and the Early Pre-Pottery Neolithic B in the southern Levant. Paleorient 33(2): 5-37.

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