Dr. Dafna Langgut
(PhD in archaeology, 2008, The University of Haifa) is a researcher at the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel- Aviv University. Her dissertation dealt with vegetation and climate reconstruction based on fossilized palynomorphes (pollen, spores and dinoflagellates) extracted from eastern Mediterranean marine cores of the last 90,000 years.
Recently she completed her postdoctoral research, at the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University as part of the project, “Reconstructing Ancient (Biblical) Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective” (funded by the European Research Council). Within this research she studied in high resolution the past vegetation of ancient Israel during the Bronze and Iron Ages and the past relationship between humans and the environment, such as the onset of agriculture, de-forestation and settlement history.
Dr. Langgut also extracts botanical remains from archeological sites and deals with utilization patterns for living spaces, diet, plant usage, agricultural practices, plant importation, ancient gardens and seasonality of site occupation. In addition, she is also a curator of the Archaeobotany National Collections of Natural History at Tel Aviv University.