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67. Vardi, J., Parow-Souchon, H., Nagar, Y., Cipin, I., Rosenberg, D., Sapir-Hen, L., Galmor, S., Schehter, H., Caracuta, V., Paz, Y., and Shemer, M. 2024. The Early Pre-Pottery Neolithic B site of Aḥihud (western Galilee Israel): Preliminary observations. Paleorient 49(2): 19-42.


66. Namdar, L., Zimni, J., Lernau, O., Vieweger, D., Gadot, Y., and Sapir- Hen, L. 2024. Identifying Cultural Habits and Economical Preferences in the Islamic Period, Mount Zion, Jerusalem. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 10(2):175-194  


65. Sapir-Hen, L., Namdar, L., 2024. Animal Management. In: Rehren, T., Nikita, E. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Archaeology, 2nd Edition, vol. 2, pp. 785–792, London: Academic Press.


64. Sapir-Hen, L., Uziel, J., Maeir, A.M., Ilan, D., Susnow, M. 2023. A cache of astragali from Tel Nagila. ‘Atiqot 112: 35-52

63. Sapir-Hen, L. 2023. Animal subsistence economy during the Late Bronze - Iron Age I: Continuity vs. Change. In: Koch, I., Sergi, O. and Lipschits, O. (eds.), From Nomadism to Monarchy? A Thirty-Year Retrospective (Mosaics: Studies on Ancient Israel 3). Tel Aviv and University Park, PA. Pp. 39-49.


62. Spiciarich, A., Gadot, Y., Shalev, Y., Lipschits, O., Har-Even, B., Sapir-Hen, L. 2023. Continuity and change: animal economies of Jerusalem and its hinterland during the Persian and Hellenistic periods. ZDPV 139 (2): 193-217.

61. Kleiman, A., Hall, E., Kalisher, R., Dunseth, Z.C., Sapir-Hen, L., Homsher, R.S., Adams, M.J., Finkelstein, I. 2023. Crisis in motion: the final days of Iron Age I Megiddo. Levant DOI: 10.1080/00758914.2023.2230039

60. Namdar, L. and Sapir-Hen, L. 2023. Animal Economy in the Chalcolithic of the southern Levant: From Meat Source to Marketable Commodity. In: Ben-Yosef, E. and Jones, I.W.N. (eds.), And in length of days understanding” (Job 12:12) - Essays on Archaeology in the 21st Century in Honor of Thomas E. Levy. Springer: Cham (Switzerland). Pp. 59-83.

59. Sapir-Hen, L. and Fulton, D.N. 2023. A dog’s life in the Iron Age of the southern Levant: Connecting the archaeological and textual evidence. Oxford Journal of Archaeology. 42(2) DOI:   

58. Spiciarich, A., Sergi, O., Covello-Paran, K., Tsur, Y., Bezzel, H., Sapir-Hen, L. 2023. Strategies of Animal Exploitation in Late Iron Age IIA Ḥorvat Tevet (the Jezreel Valley) Reveal Patterns of Royal Economy in Early Monarchic Israel. Palestine Exploration Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/00310328.2023.2184088  

57. Spiciarich, A., Stripling, S., and Sapir-Hen, L. 2023. Fauna. In Stripling, S. and Hasler, M.A. (eds.): The Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, 1995-2000 and 2009-2016. Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, Oxford. Pp. 342-350.

56. Spiciarich, A., and Sapir-Hen, L. 2023. Faunal remains found near the southeastern corner of the Temple Mount. In Baruch, Y., Reich, R., Hagbi, M., Uziel, J. (eds.): The southern wall of the Temple Mount and its corners: past, present and future. University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns. Pp. 191-200.

55. Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. The future of studying Ancient Israel: insights from the Archaeological Sciences, with a focus on studies of food and society. In: Pierce, G., and Keimer, K. (eds.), The Ancient Israelite World, Part VII. Routledge Press. Pp. 731-740

54. Sapir-Hen, L. and Ben-Yosef, E. 2022. The emergence of a desert polity: the archaeozoological perspective. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 14:332

53. Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. Always a hunter: the role of wild animals during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages of the southern Levant. Near Eastern Archaeology 84(5): 288-295.   link


52. Della Cassa, R. and Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. The environment we share: Human-non-Human Animal Interactions in the Ancient Near East. Near Eastern Archaeology 84(5): 244-247.

51. Munro, N., Lebenzon, R., Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. Revisiting Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene mountain gazelle (Gazella gazella) body size change in the Southern Levant: A case for anthropogenic impact. PLoS One 17(8): e0273024.

50. Namdar, L., Gadot, Y., Mavronanos, G., Gross, B., Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. Frozen in time: Caprine pen from an Early Islamic earthquake complex in Tel Beth Shemesh. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 45:103555. 


49. Sapir-Hen, L. and Shalev, Y. 2022. Animal rituals from the Persian period at Tel Dor. In: N. Yahalom-Mack, U. Davidovich and S. Matskevich (eds.), Material, Method, and Meaning: Papers in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology in honor of Ilan Sharon. Ägypten und Altes Testament 110. Münster: Zaphon. Pp. 117-130.

48. Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. The Late Bronze animal economy. In Finkelstein, I., Martin, M. & Adams, M.J. (eds.): Megiddo VI: the 2010–2014 Seasons. Tel Aviv, Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology. Pp. 1481-1511.

47. Sapir-Hen, L., Fulton, D.N., Adamas, M.J., Finkelstein, I. 2022. Temple and the town at Early Bronze Age I Megiddo: faunal evidence for the emergence of complexity. Bulletin of American Schools of Oriental Research 387: 207-220.

46. Spiciarich, A. and Sapir-Hen, L. 2022. Faunal remains. In Gadot, Y. (ed.): The Landfill of Early Roman Jerusalem: The 2013–2014 Excavations University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns. Pp. 195-234.


45. Spiciarich, A., Lernau, O., Sapir-Hen, L., Shalev, Y., and Gadot, Y. 2022. Fish in ancient Jerusalem: trade and consumption of fish in an inland site from the Iron Ages to the Early Islamic Period. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 43:103430      

44. Namdar, L., Paz, I., Vardi, J., Sapir-Hen, L. 2021. Variation in economic specialization as revealed through the study of Pottery Neolithic faunal assemblages from the Southern Levant. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 13: 207 

43. Sapir-Hen, L., Uziel, J., Chalaf, O. 2021. Everything but the oink: On the discovery of an articulated pig in Iron Age Jerusalem and it’s meaning to Judahite consumption practices. Near Eastern Archaeology 84 (2): 110-119.  

42. Sapir-Hen, L. 2020. Human-animal relationship with work animals: donkeys and camels during the Bronze and Iron Ages in the southern Levant. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 136(1): 83-94.

41. Pines, M. and Sapir-Hen, L. 2020. The animal economy of Byzantine Sozousa and its immediate hinterland (areas M, O, AA1 and CC). In Tal, O. (ed.) Apollonia-Arsuf: Final Report of the Excavations, Volume II: Excavations outside the Medieval Town Walls. University Park: Eisenbrauns & Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University. Pp. 305-320

40. Gopher, A., Eirikh-Rose, A., Ashkenazi, H., Marco, E., May, H., Makoviychuk, Y., Sapir-Hen, L., Galmor, S., Schechter, H.C., Ackerfeld, D., Haklay, G., Zutovski, K. 2019. Nahal Yarmuth 38: A new and unique PPNB site in central Israel. Antiquity 93(371): 1-8.


39. Sapir-Hen, L. 2019. Late Bronze and Iron Age livestock of the Southern Levant: Their economic and symbolic roles. Tel Aviv 46(2): 227-236.

38. Sapir-Hen, L. 2019. Food, pork consumption and identity in Ancient Israel. Near Eastern Archaeology 82(1): 52-59.

37. Finkelstein, I., Gadot, Y. and Sapir-Hen, L. 2018. Pig frequencies in Iron Age sites and the biblical pig taboo: once again. Ugarit-Forschungen 49: 109-116.

36. Koch, I. and Sapir-Hen, L. 2018. Beersheba–Arad Valley during the Assyrian Period. Semitica 60: 427-452.

35. Munro, N.D., Bar-Oz, G., Meier, J., Sapir-Hen, L., Stiner, M., Yeshurun, R. 2018. The Evolution of Animal Domestication in the Southern Levant. Scientific Reports 8:9279;   DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-27647-z.

34. Sapir-Hen, L., Lernau, O., Ben-Yosef, E. 2017. The diet of ancient metal workers: the Late Bronze – Iron Age at the Timna Valley. In Ben-Yosef, E., Goren, Y. (Eds.): Mining for Copper: Essays in Memory of Professor Beno Rothenberg. Tel Aviv: The Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. Pp. 64-80.

33. Sapir-Hen, L. 2017. Pax Assyriaca and the animal economy in the southern Levant: regional and local-scale imperial contacts. In: Lipschits, O., Gadot, Y., Adams, M.J. (eds.), Rethinking Israe: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in honor of Israel Finkelstein. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns. Pp. 343-355.

32. Sapir-Hen, L., Gadot, Y., Lipschitz, O. 2017. Ceremonial donkey burial, social status and settlement hierarchy in the Early Bronze III: The case of Tel Azekah. In: Lev-Tov, J., Wapnish, P., Gilbert, A. (eds.): Taking A Broad View of Zooarchaeology in Honor of Brian Hesse's Contributions to the Field. Atlanta: Lockwood Press. Pp. 281-292.

31. Finkelstein, I., Langgut, D., Meiri, M., Sapir-Hen, L. 2017. Egyptian imperial economy in Canaan: reaction to the climate crisis at the end of the Late Bronze Age. Egypt and the Levant 27: 249–259.


30. Pines, M., Sapir-Hen, L., Tal, O. 2017. Consumption and disposal practices in the southern Levant in Late Antiquity: animal bones from Apollonia/Sozousa’s hinterland as a case study. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 133: 186-204.  

29. Sapir-Hen, L., Martin, M.A.S., Finkelstein, I. 2017. Food Rituals and their Social Significance in the Mid-Second Millennium BC: A View from Megiddo. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology DOI: 10.1002/oa.2629.   

28. Pines, M., Sapir‐Hen, L. and  Tal, O. 2017. Crusader Diet in Times of War and Peace: Arsur (Israel) as a Case Study. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 36 (3): 307-328.


27. Spiciarich, A., Gadot, Y. and  Sapir-Hen, L. 2017. The Faunal Evidence from Early Roman Jerusalem: The People behind the Garbage. Tel Aviv 44 (1): 98-117.

26. Meiri, M., Stockhammer, P. W., Marom, N., Bar-Oz, G., Sapir-Hen, L., Morgenstern, P., Macheridis, S., Rosen, B., Huchon, D. and  Maran, J. 2017. Eastern Mediterranean Mobility in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages: Inferences from Ancient DNA of Pigs and Cattle. Scientific Reports 7:


25. Sapir-Hen, L., Sharon, I., Gilboa, A., Dayan, T. 2017. Wet sieving a complex tell: implications for retrieval protocols and studies of animal economy in historical periods. Journal of Archaeological Science 82: 72-79.

24. Ben-Yosef, E., Langgut, D., Sapir-Hen, L. 2017. Beyond Smelting: New Insights on Iron Age (10th c. BCE) Metalworkers Community from Excavations at a Gatehouse and Associated Livestock Pens in Timna, Israel. Journal of Arcaheological Science: Reports 11: 411-426.

23. Sapir-Hen, L. 2016. Pigs as an ethnic marker? Biblical Archaeology Review. Nov/Dec pp. 41-43. (invited paper).

22. Sapir-Hen, L., Dayan, T., Khalaily, H., Munro, N.D. 2016. Human Hunting and Nascent Animal Management at Middle Pre-Pottery Neolithic Yiftah'el, Israel. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0156964. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156964.

21. Sapir-Hen, L., Gadot, Y., Finkelstein, I. 2016. Animal Economy in a Temple City and its Countryside: Iron Age Jerusalem as a Case Study. Bulletin of American Society for Oriental Research 375: 103-118.


20. Sapir-Hen, L., Sasson, A., Kleiman, A., Finkelstein, I. 2016. Social stratification in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages: an intra-site investigation at Megiddo. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 35(1): 47-73.


19. Sapir-Hen, L., Meiri, M., Finkelstein, I. 2015. Iron Age pigs: new evidence on their origin and role in forming identity boundaries. Radiocarbon 57(2): 307-315.


18. Sapir-Hen, L. 2015. Not so supportive. Biblical Archaeology Review special issue: "40 futures: experts predict what's next for biblical archaeology". Pp. 56-58.​ (invited paper).

17. Sapir-Hen, L. 2015. The faunal remains. In Borowski, O. (Ed.): The Tel Halif Excavations PHASE IV. 2014 Field Season Field V. Atlanta Georgia: Emory University. Pp. 167-181.


16. Sapir-Hen, L. 2015. Animal bones: possible evidence for death rituals. In Tal, O., and Taxel, I. (Eds.): Samaritan Cemeteries and Tombs in the Southern Coastal Plain: The Archaeology and History of the Samaritan Settlement outside Samaria (ca. 300–700 CE). Münster: Ugarit-Verlag. Pp. 123-127.


15. Raban-Gerstel, N., Agha, N., Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G. 2015. Dog burial from the City of David:  zooarchaeological, taphonomic, and pathological analysis. In Mazar, E. (ed.): The Summit of the City of David Excavations Seasons 2005-2008: Final Reports Volume I. Jerusalem: Shoham.  Pp. 487-496.


14. Sapir-Hen, L., Gadot, Y., Finkelstein, I. 2014. Environmental and historical impacts on long term animal economy: the southern Levant in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 57(5): 703-744.


13. Sapir-Hen, L., Pines, M., Tal, O. 2014. Animal economy and social diversity in Byzantine Apollonia/Sozousa. Levant 46(3): 371-381.


12. Sapir-Hen, L. and Ben-Yosef, E. 2014. Socioeconomic status of Iron Age metal workers: animal economy in the “Slaves’ Hill”, Timna, Israel. Antiquity 88 (341): 775-790.


11. Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Sharon, I., Gilboa, A. Dayan, T. 2014. Food and culture at Tel Dor, Israel: a diachronic study of faunal remains from 15 centuries of continuous occupation. Bulletin of American Society for Oriental Research 371: 83-101.


10. Meiri, M., Huchon, D., Bar-Oz, G., Boaretto, E, Kolsk,a L, Maeir, A, Sapir-Hen, L., Larson, G, Weiner, S, Finkelstein, I. 2013. Ancient DNA and population turnover in southern Levant pigs – a signature of the Philistine migration? Scientific Reports 3, 3035; DOI:10.1038 srep03035 .


9. Sapir-Hen, L. and Ben-Yosef, E. 2013. The introduction of domestic camels to the southern Levant: evidence from the Aravah Valley. Tel Aviv 40(2): 278-285.


8. Sapir-Hen, L. 2013. Appendix: the faunal remains. Pp. 119-122. In: Tal, O., Taxel, I. Khirbet al-Adra: More on Refuse Disposal Practices in Early Islamic Palestine. Strata 31: 91-122.


7. Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Gadot, Y., Finkelstein, I. 2013. Pig husbandry in Iron Age Israel and Judah: new insights regarding the origin of the “taboo”. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 129(1): 1-20.


6. Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Sharon, I., Gilboa, A., Dayan, T. 2012. Understanding faunal contexts of a complex tell: Tel Dor, Israel, as a case study. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 590-601.


5. Finkelstein I., Ben Dor Evian S., Boaretto E., Cabanes D., Cabanes M., Eliyahu A., Feigenbaum S., Gadot Y., Langgut D., Martin M., Meiri M., Namdar D., Sapir-Hen L., Shahack-Gross R., Shaus A., Sober B., Tofollo M., Yahalom-Mack N., Zapassky L., Weiner S. 2012. Macro and micro archaeology as tools in reconstructing the history of ancient Israel. Biblical History and Ancient Israel 1: 133-150.


4. Sapir-Hen, L. 2011. Dog burials at Dor. In: Nitschke. J.L., Martin. S.R., Shalev. Y. Between the Carmel and the Sea. Tel Dor: The Later Periods. Near Eastern Archaeology 74(3): 132-154.


3. Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G. Khalaily, H., Dayan, T. 2009. The last of the gazelle hunters in the southern Levant: the faunal remains from the Neolithic site of Motza, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 1538-1546.


2. Sapir-Hen, L., Bar-Oz, G., Hershkovitz, I., Raban-Gerstel, N., Marom, N., Dayan, T. 2008. Palaeopathology survey of ancient mammal bones in Israel. Veterinarija ir Zootechnika 42(64): 62-70.    


1. Khalaily, H., Bar-Yosef, O., Barzilai, O., Boaretto, E.,  Bockuentin, E., Eirikh- Rose, A., Greenhut, Z., Goring-Morris, A.N., Le-dosseur, G., Marder, O., Sapir-Hen, L., Yizhaq., M. 2008. Excavation at Motza at the Judean Hills and the Early Pre-Pottery Neolithic B in the southern Levant. Paleorient 33(2): 5-37.

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