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Yuval Goren
Professor of Archaeology

Yuval Goren is an expert in microarchaeology, which involves using microscopic methods to study archaeological materials. He specializes in studying the composition and origin of archaeological ceramics using optical mineralogy (petrography). Goren has held several key positions, such as the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures Chairman at Tel Aviv University and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. In 2015, he was invited to join the Department of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where he has been working since 2016.

Goren began his archaeology studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1981. He completed his doctorate in 1991 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he studied the beginning of pottery production in Israel through petrographic analyses of pottery from the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Early Bronze Ages. His dissertation was supervised by Professors Paul Goldberg and Yitzhak Gilad. While studying under Prof. Goldberg, Goren focused on the field of micromorphology, which involves the study of archaeological site features in thin sections under a microscope.

Goren is an expert in technology research and has specialized in locating the origin of pottery and other archaeological finds using mineralogical and chemical analysis. He has published nearly 250 scientific papers on these topics. 

Goren established the Laboratory for Comparative Microarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology in Tel Aviv University. He was also the creator and head of the MA Program in Archaeology and Archaeomaterials, which focused on training archaeology students in research methods from natural sciences and material engineering, and applying them to the study of archaeological discoveries.  At the Ben Gurion University of the Negev he estableshed the BGU-TACS program and the Laboratory for Microarchaeology.

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Courses in the Track in Archaeomaterial and Conservation Sciences

  • Scientific Methods in Archaeology (undergrad. level, 2 credits)

  • Technology and Material Culture (undergrad. level,2 credits)

  • Microarchaeology (graduates, 4 credits)

  • Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Art (graduates, 2 credits)

  • ESHMOR Workshop (graduates, 4 credits)

  • Materials and Humanities, Past Technologies in Light of Modern Research (graduates, 4 credits)

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