Dr. Katharina Streit

Buber Fellow: 
Research Field: 


Academic interests: 

Pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic of the southern Levant; Transregional Interactions; Middle and Late Bronze Age; Chronology; Radiocarbon Dating; Ceramic Typology; Iconography

Current Projects: 

• Between Collapse and Consolidation – The southern Levant at the Transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age

• Excavations at Area S of Tel Lachish (starting 2017) in cooperation with Prof. Yosef Garfinkel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Dr. Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy of Sciences), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF Grant No: Y 932-G25)

• Ein el-Jarba Excavation project (2013-2016), funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (Grant No.:

Curriculum Vitae: 

2012-2016: Hebrew University of Jerusalem: PhD in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Advisor: Prof. Yosef Garfinkel
Thesis title: The Near East Before Borders: Cultural Interaction between Mesopotamia, the Levant and Lower Egypt at 5800 - 5200 BC
2009-2012: Hebrew University of Jerusalem: MA in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, summa cum laude, Advisor: Prof. Yosef Garfinkel
Thesis: Re-evaluating the Ubaid: Synchronizing 6th and 5th millennium BC Mesopotamia and the Levant
2006-2009: University of Oxford: BA in Archaeology & Anthropology
2004-2005: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: Zwischenprüfung in Medieval Archaeology and Prehistory


Articles: (peer reviewed)
Streit, K. (2015): Exploring the Wadi Rabah Culture of the 6th millennium cal BC: Renewed Excavations at Ein el-Jarba in the Jezreel Valley, Israel (2013-2015). Strata 33: 11-34.
Streit, K (2015): Interregional Contacts in the 6th millennium BC: Tracing Foreign Influences in the Holemouth Jar from Ein el-Jarba, Israel. Levant 47(3): 255-266.
Streit, K. and Garfinkel, Y. (2015): A Specialized Ceramic Assemblage for Water Pulling: The Middle Chalcolithic Well of Tel Tsaf. Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research 374: 61-73.
Streit, K. and Garfinkel, Y. (2015): Tel Tsaf and the impact of the Ubaid culture on the southern Levant: Interpreting the radiocarbon evidence. Radiocarbon 57(5): 865-880.
Streit, K. and Garfinkel, Y. (2015): Horned figurines made of stone from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods and the domestication of sheep and goat. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 147(1): 39-48.
Garfinkel, Y.; Streit, K.; Ganor, S.; Reimer, P.J. (2015): King David’s City at Khirbet Qeiyafa: Results of the second radiocarbon dating project. Radiocarbon 57(5): 881-890.
Garfinkel, Y.; Streit, K. and Ganor, S. (2012): State formation in Judah: Biblical tradition, modern historical theories and radiometric datings from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Radiocarbon 54(3-4): 359-369.

Articles: (edited volumes)
Streit, K. (in press): Protohistoric Infant Jar Burials of the Southern Levant in Context: Tracing Cultural Influences in the Late Sixth and Fifth Millennia BCE. In: Ganor, S.; Kreimerman, I.; Streit, K.; and Mumcuoglu, M. (eds.) From Sha’ar Hagolan to Sha’araim – Essays in Honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.
Streit, K.; Favis, R.; Garfinkel, Y. (in press): Final publication of Kaplan’s 1966 excavation at Ein el-Jarba. In: Gopher, A. (ed.): Kaplan’s Protohistoric Excavations in Israel.
Mazar, A.; and Streit, K. (in press): Chapter 48 - Radiometric dates from Tel Rehov. In: Mazar, A. (eds.): Excavations at Tel Rehov. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.
Garfinkel, Y.; and Streit, K. (2014): Radiometric dating of the Iron Age city. In: Garfinkel, Y.; Ganor, S.; Hasel, M. (eds.): Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 2. Excavation Report 2009-2013: Stratigraphy and Architecture (Areas B, C, D, E). Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.

Book Reviews:
Streit, K. (2016): Review of „‘Interpreting the Late Neolithic of Upper Mesopotamia‘ edited by O.P. Nieuwenhuyse, R. Bernbeck, P.M.M.G. Akkermans, and J. Rogasch“. American Journal of Archaeology.