Dr. Assaf Nativ

Buber Fellow: 
2014
Academic interests: 
  • Pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods in the southern Levant
  • Archaeological theory
  • Archaeology of the present
  • Classification and typology
Current Projects: 
  • Cultural Crystallization, Disintegration and Redefinition: Articulations and transformations of archaeological assemblages between the Neolithic and Urban revolutions in the southern Levant
  • Hanaton: a Neolithic-Chalcolithic site in the Lower Galilee, Israel
  • Archaeological survey of E-Dlemm, a Bedouin cemetery in the Negev highlands
  • Archaeology of modern landfills in Israel
Curriculum Vitae: 
Undergraduate and graduate studies

1996-1999 BA in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient Near East, Tel Aviv University
2001-2005 MA in Archaeology and Cultures of the Ancient Near East, Tel Aviv University (Magna cum laude)
2006-2010 Ph.D. in Archaeology, Tel Aviv University

Post-doctoral studies

2012 Bedouin cemeteries in the Negev, Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Host: Prof. R. Kark.
2013-14 Hanaton (south): Neolithic-Chalcolithic transition in the Lower Galilee, Israel, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa. Host: Dr. D. Rosenberg.

Conferences

2006 “Neolithic pottery production: A view from Nahal Zehora II.” Techniques and People: anthropological perspectives on technology in the archaeology of the proto-historic and early historic periods in the Southern Levant; Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem, French-Israeli workshop.
2009 “Structuring identity upon Death: Chalcolithic Burial Caves in the Southern Levant.” DDD9 - The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, 9th International Conference; Centre for Death and Dying Studies, Durham University
2009 “Social and ideological aspects of interregional variability during the Chalcolithic Period: the case study of the burial caves of the Mediterranean climatic zone.” 35th Archaeological Congress; Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2012 “Ard el-Samra (Yavor): Chalcolithic and Bronze Age remains in the Akko Valley (with Mark Iserlis).” Joint Symposium of the Archaeological Department of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority; Tel Aviv University.

Conference organization

What is archaeology? trends and currents in contemporary archaeological discourse in Israel (with M. Iserlis); Tel Aviv University.

Colloquium talks

2011 Between past and present: Cemeteries as symbols during the Chalcolithic Period and today; Archaeology Departmental Seminar, Tel Aviv University.
2011 Sequences and durations: Time and archaeological interpretation; Archaeology Departmental Seminar, The University of Haifa.
2013 What one sees from here: contemporary and Chalcolithic cemeteries in Israel; MA Seminar, Ben Gurion University
2013 What is a cemetery? MA Seminar, Tel Aviv University

Publications: 
Publications

Ph.D. dissertation

Nativ, A. 2010. Prying into Cultural Gaps: An Analysis of Chalcolithic (6500-5700 BP) and Contemporary Cemeteries in the Southern Levant. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv. (English with Hebrew summary, 381 p.). Supervised by Prof. Avi Gopher.

Book

Nativ A. 2014. Prioritising Death and Society: The Archaeology of Chalcolithic and Contemporary Cemeteries in the Southern Levant. Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology Series, Durham: Acumen.

Refereed journals
  • Nativ A. 2008. A note on Chalcolithic ossuary Jars: Metaphors of metamorphosis. Tel-Aviv 35: 209-214.
  • Rosenberg, D., Shimelmitz, R. and Nativ, A. 2008. Basalt bifacials production in the Southern Levant: A glance at the quarry and workshop site of Givat Kipod, Israel. Antiquity 82:367-376.
  • Nativ, A. and Gopher, A. 2011. The cemetery as a symbol: A reconsideration of Chalcolithic burial caves in the southern Levant. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(2): 229-245.
  • Nativ, A., Iserlis, M. and Paz. Y. 2012. Transformations of Lodian pottery assemblages as recorded at the site of Yesodot, Israel. Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society 42: 115-135.
  • Paz, Y. and Nativ, A. 2013. Yesodot: A case for a post Ghassulian Chalcolithic. Paléorient 39: 83-93.
  • Nativ, A., Rosenberg, D. and Nadel, D. 2014. The southern tip of the northern Levant? The pottery assemblage of Tel Ro`im West. Paléorient 40.1: 99-115.
  • Nativ, A., Shimelmitz, R., Agha, N., Ktalav, I. and Rosenberg, D. in press. Hanaton: Interim report on a Neolithic-Chalcolithic settlement in the Lower Galilee. Israel Prehistoric Society.
  • Nativ, A. in press. Anthropocentricity and the archaeological record: towards a sociology of things. Norwegian Archaeological Review.
Other publications
  • Nativ, A. and Paz, Y. 2005. El-Midiah. Pp. 104-113. Salvage Excavation Reports 2. Publications of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
  • Paz, Y., Rosenberg, D. and Nativ, A. 2005. Excavations at Lod: Neolithic and Chalcolithic Remains and an Egyptian Presence in the Early Bronze Age. Pp. 114-158. Salvage Excavation Reports 2. Publications of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.
  • Shimelmitz, R., Rosenberg, D. and Nativ, A. 2005. Giv‛at Kipod: A basalt quarry and a workshop for the production of bifacial tools in the Manasseh Hills, Israel. Neo-Lithics 1/05: 9-12.
  • Rosenberg, D. and Nativ, A. 2006. A Pottery Neolithic clay surface from Lod – characteristics and possible meanings. Neo-Lithics 1/06: 20-23.
  • Nativ, A. 2012. Petrography of the MB pottery: A preliminary report. In: Y. Gadot and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.) Fort and Village in the Hula Valley: Excavations at Qiriat Shemona (South). Pp. 76-82. Salvage Excavations Reports 7. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
  • Nativ, A. 2012. Middle Bronze Age ovens: Construction, use and spatial distribution. In: Y. Gadot and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.) Fort and Village in the Hula Valley: Excavations at Qiriat Shemona (South). Pp. 83-87. Salvage Excavations Reports 7. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
  • Nativ, A. 2012. Small finds. In: Y. Gadot and A. Yasur-Landau (eds.) Fort and Village in the Hula Valley: Excavations at Qiriat Shemona (South). Pp. 184-188. Salvage Excavations Reports 7. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
  • Nativ, A., Gopher, A. and Goren, Y. 2013. Pottery production at Nahal Zehora II. In: A. Gopher, Village Communities of the Pottery Neolithic Period in the Menasheh Hills, Israel: Archaeological Investigations at the Sites of Nahal Zehora. Pp. 657-696. Tel Aviv Institute of Archaeology Monograph Series 29. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
  • Arie, E. and Nativ, A. 2013. Level K-6. In: I. Finkelstein, D. Ussishkin, and E. Cline (eds.) Megiddo V: The 2004-2008 Seasons. Pp. 165-177. Tel Aviv Institute of Archaeology Monograph Series. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology.
  • Nativ, A., Iserlis, M., Shimelmitz, R., Sapir-Hen, L. and Ktalav, I. in press. Ard el-Samra: A Chalcolithic, Early Bronze and Intermediate Bronze Age site at the Akko plain. Salvage Excavation Reports. Publications of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv.