Maya Oron

Maya Oron
Israel Antiquities Authority · Prehistory Branch

Master of Philosophy

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April 2007 - October 2011
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Position
  • Master's Student
Education
March 2008 - December 2011
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Field of study
  • archaeology

Publications

Publications (17)
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Marine Isotopic Stage 5 is associated with wetter climatic conditions in the Saharo-Arabian deserts. This stage also corresponds to the establishment of Middle Paleolithic hominins and their associated material culture in two geographical provinces in southwest Asia—the Eastern Mediterranean woodland and the Arabian Peninsula desert. The lithic ind...
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Blinkhorn et al. 1 present a reanalysis of fossil and lithic material from Garrod's 1928 excavation at Shukbah Cave, identifying the presence of Nubian Levallois cores and points in direct association with a Neanderthal molar. The authors argue that this demonstrates the Nubian reduction strategy forms a part of the wider Middle Palaeolithic lithic...
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The Negev desert is a part of the northern Saharo-Arabian desert belt, a major physical barrier between Africa and southwest Asia. Its location at the crossroads of the two continents makes it a perfect region to trace the presence of early hominins on the route from Africa to the Levant in major dispersal events. Geomorphological mapping in the ce...
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Salvage excavations took place in a large flint workshop and quarry site near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, Negev Desert Highlands, Israel. Within the site a well-preserved Neolithic quarry and blade production workshop were excavated. Chronologically, technological traits of the blade production place the recovered flint assemblage in the transitional...
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In this paper we describe two assemblages of flint retouchers or "bulb retouchers" retrieved from Nesher Ramla and Quneitra, two Middle Palaeolithic, open-air sites in the Levant. The site of Nesher Ramla yielded the largest assemblage of bulb retouchers (n = 159) currently known, allowing a detailed investigation of this poorly known phenomenon. A...
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A salvage excavation took place in a well-preserved Neolithic quarry and blade production workshop near the town of Mitzpe Ramon, Negev desert, Israel. The quarry is part of a larger flint extraction site, where series of knapping localities from different periods were identified along a flint outcrop from the Zafit formation. While all other local...
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Numerous sites showing human occupation during the Pleistocene were discovered at the Hula Valley — in the northern segment of the Jordan Valley, Israel. At the Middle Paleolithic site of Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet (NMO; OSL dated to ca. 65,000 B.P.), two testudine species were recovered, a freshwater turtle — the Western Caspian Turtle (Mauremys cf....
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The Intermediate Bronze Age (IB) in the Southern Levant (ca. 2350–2000 BCE) is known as the “Dark Ages,” following the collapse of Early Bronze urban society and predating the establishment of the Middle Bronze cities. The absence of significant settlements and monumental building has led to the reconstruction of IB social organization as that of n...
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The lithic assemblage excavated from the Mousterian site of Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet (NMO) enables us to reconstruct a brief moment in the life of the Middle Palaeolithic hunter. The site, located on the eastern bank of the Jordan River at its outflow south from the Hula Valley, is a short-term, task specific hunting location at the shore of the Pal...
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This paper presents selected results of a detailed spatial analysis of lithic and paleontological assemblages from the Mousterian open-air site of Quneitra. The distinctive geoarchaeological site formation processes of Quneitra, the wealth of lithic and paleontological finds, and the high-resolution spatial data are rare in the very few excavated o...

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Projects (3)
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Excavation project in a recently discovered Middle Paleolithic site in a rock-shelter near the town of Dimona, Negev region, Israel. This is the first excavation in a non-open air site (e.g. cave or rock shelter) from the middle Paleolithic of the Negev region. As such, it has the potential to contribute significantly to our understanding of the nature of human presence in this region during this time period.
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Excavation at the Mousterian site of Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet (NMO)