Laboratory for Ground Stone Tools Research
The Zinman Institute of Archaeology
University of Haifa, Haifa, Mount Carmel 3498838, Israel
The Laboratory for groundstone tools research was established in the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, in 2010. The laboratory specializes in the analysis of groundstone tool assemblages recovered from archaeological excavations ranging from prehistoric to historic periods. Our studies, carried in collaboration with other research institutions in Israel and abroad, are aimed at increasing our understanding of the wide range of tools used in a variety of tasks in the past and broadening the scope of groundstone research. Within this framework we view groundstone tools in a wider context of human activities, technological achievements and beliefs and as such perceive these as important analytical instrument for answering archaeological and anthropological questions.
As part of the growing interest in groundstone studies, the laboratory offers its services to researchers seeking in-depth analyses and publication of the groundstone assemblages recovered in their excavations. We offer thorough documentation, analysis and reports of groundstone assemblages ranging from prehistoric to historic periods and we encourage cooperation with other researchers. Among the groundstone assemblages we have been studying are those from the Natufian sites of el-Wad Terrace, Raqefet Cave and Huzuq Musa; the PPNA sites of Gilgal and Kule 206; the Pottery Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic sites of Hagoshrim, Sha‛ar Hagolan, Hamadiyah, Beisamoun, Lod, Yesodot and Qidron; and sites from the Late Chalcolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, and Classical periods including Tel Tsaf, Megiddo, Aroer, Tel Dan, Tel Aviv – Namir Road, Ain Hilu, Modiein, Qiryat Shmone, Ashqelon-Barnea, Tel Bareqet, Bet Yerach, Yesodot, Giva‛t Schumit and Kfar Otnai. Assemblages stored at museums are also analysed and these include the assemblages of the Hula Valley Neolithic sites (Ma‛ayan Baruch Museum of Prehistory of the Hula Valley) and the Felix Burian and Erich Friedman collections (Open Museum in Tefen).