Welcome to our Lab!
*Ancient parasite eggs
The challenge is to ID all these and thousands more like them!
*The anatomical structure of ancient charcoal
*Fossil pollen grains
Main research areas:
Reconstruction of Ancient Near Eastern
vegetation and climate during
prehistoric and historic periods.
Interrelations between humans and the
ancient environment, including, amongst
others, the role of climate in the dispersal
of hominins Out-of-Africa, the onset of
plant cultivation and natural vs. cultural landscapes.
Archaeobotany – the identification of botanical remains from archaeological contexts (primarily pollen grains and wood-charcoal remains) for the reconstruction of: ancient agriculture, plant usage (construction, fuel, diet, medicinal and cultic purposes), ancient prestigious gardens, trade patterns and wooden implements.
Archaeoparasitology – the study of health, diseases and epidemics in ancient human populations based on intestinal parasite remains (mainly eggs).