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Dr. Yotam Asscher

Analytical Labs, Israel Antiquities Authorities

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Education and Research

  • 2017 – Present, Head of the Analytical Laboratory, Israel Antiquity Authority Archaeological sciences and conservation sciences coordinator, and director of field laboratories for on-site analysis

  • 2015 – 2017, Post-doc in Geosciences, University of Padova Frescoes and pigments analysis on-site using portable reflectance spectroscopy, pXRF and multispectral imaging

  • 2010 – 2015, PhD in Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science Radiocarbon dating the Bronze to Iron transition in the Southern Levant

  • 2011 – 2013, MA in Archaeology and Materials, Tel-Aviv University, On-site micro-morphological thin sections preparation and analysis

  • 2009 – 2011, MSc in Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of ScienceBones and teeth structural analysis for assessing their preservation state.

  • 2003 – 2006, B.Sc. in Chemistry, Tel-Aviv University



  • Y. Asscher, E. Boaretto. Absolute time ranges in the plateau of the Late Bronze to Iron Age transition and the appearance of Bichrome pottery in Canaan, Southern Levant. Radiocarbon, In press.

  • E. Boaretto, Y. Asscher, A.M Maeir, G. Lehmann, L.A. Hitchcock, S. Weiner. The chronology of the Late Bronze (LB)-Iron Age (IA) transition in the Southern Levant: a Response. Radiocarbon, In press

  • G. Dal Sasso, Y. Asscher , I. Angelini, L. Nodari, G. Artioli. 2018. A universal curve of apatite crystallinity for the assessment of bone integrity and preservation. Nature Scientific Reports 8, 12025

  • A. Chaban, R. Deiana, M. Parisatto, Y. Asscher. Analysis of on-site multispectral images: a case study of degraded wall paintings in Sarno Baths, Pompeii. Actis Arta Academia 2017.

  • Y. Asscher, G. Dal Sasso, L. Nodari, I. Angelini, T. Boffa Ballaran, G. Artioli. 2017. Differentiating between long and short range disorder in infra-red spectra: on the meaning of “crystallinity” in silica. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19(32) 21783-21790

  • Y. Asscher, S. Weiner, E. Boaretto. 2017. A New Method for Extracting the Insoluble Occluded Carbon in Archaeological and Modern Phytoliths: Detection of 14C Depleted Carbon Fraction and Implication for Radiocarbon Dating. Journal of Archaeological Science 78 57-65

  • M. Kerschnitzki, , A. Akiva, A.B. Shoham, Y. Asscher, W. Wagermaier, P. Fratzl, L. Addadi, S. Weiner. 2016. Bone mineralization pathways during the rapid growth of embryonic chicken long bones. Journal of Structural Biology 195(1) 82-92

  •  Y. Asscher, Y. Goren. 2016. A Rapid On-site Method for Micromorphological Block Impregnation and Thin Section Preparation. Geoarchaeology 31(4) 324-331

  • Y. Asscher, D. Cabanes, L.A. Hitchcock, A.M. Maeir, S. Weiner, E. Boaretto. 2015. Radiocarbon Dating Shows an Early Appearance of Philistine Cultural Material in Tell es-Safi/Gath, Philistia. Radiocarbon 57(5) 825-850

  • A.M. Maeir, B. Davis, L.K. Horwitz, Y. Asscher, L.A. Hitchcock. 2015. An Ivory Bowl from Early Iron Age Tell es-Safi/Gath (Israel) – Manufacture, Meaning and Memory. World Archaeology 47(3) 414-438

  • Y. Asscher, G. Lehmann, S. A. Rosen, S. Weiner and E. Boaretto. 2015. Absolute Dating of the Late Bronze to Iron Age Transition and the Appearance of Philistine Culture in Qubur el-Walaydah, Southern Levant. Radiocarbon 57(1) 77-97

  • Y. Asscher, L. Regev, S. Weiner and E. Boaretto. 2011. Atomic Disorder in Fossil Tooth and Bone Mineral: An FTIR Study Using the Grinding Curve Method. ArcheoSciences, (35) 135-141

  • Y. Asscher, Elisabetta Boaretto, Steve Weiner. 2011. Variations in Atomic Disorder in Biogenic Carbonate Hydroxyapatite Using the Infrared Spectrum Grinding Curve Method. Advanced Functional Materials 21(7) 3308–3313

  • D. Fleishman, Y. Asscher, and M. Urbakh. 2007. Directed Transport Induced by Asymmetric Surface Vibrations: Making use of Friction. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 19(9) 096004


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Courses related to the Track in Archaeomaterial Sciences and Conservation

  • Scientific Methods in Archaeology

  • Scientific Methods of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology of Museums and Field

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