Ofer Bar-Yosef

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Ofer Bar-Yosef

Ofer Bar-Yosef (29 August 1937 – 14 March 2020)[1][2] was an Israeli archaeologist and anthropologist whose main field of study was the Palaeolithic period.

From 1967 Bar-Yosef was Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem,[3] the institution where he originally studied archaeology at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the 1960s. In 1988, he moved to the United States of America where he became Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at Harvard University[3] as well as Curator of Palaeolithic Archaeology at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. He is now a professor emeritus.

He has excavated widely on prehistoric Levantine sites including Kebara Cave, the early Neolithic village of Netiv HaGdud, as well as on Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites in China and Georgia.

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Natufian Culture in the Levant (Ed), International Monographs in Prehistory, 1992.
  • Late Quaternary Chronology and Paleoclimates of the Eastern Mediterranean. Radiocarbon, 1994.
  • Seasonality and Sedentism: Archaeological Perspectives from Old and New World Sites, (Ed), Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 1998.
  • (with Belfer-Cohen, A) From Africa to Eurasia - Early Dispersals. Quaternary International 75:19-28, 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ofer Bar-Yosef (1937-2020): Celebration of Life". UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  2. ^ Speth, John D. (2020). "Ofer Bar-Yosef, Renowned Archaeologist, 29 August 1937 – 14 March 2020" (PDF). PaleoAnthropology. 2020: 69–73. doi:10.4207/PA.2020.ART142.
  3. ^ a b "Ofer Bar-Yosef Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 2017-12-29.

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