Dr.

Katharina Streit

Katharina.Streit(at)oeaw.ac.at
+43 1 51581-6107

Short Biography

Studied Archaeology and Anthropology (Zwischenprüfung University of Freiburg, 2006, BA University of Oxford 2009) and Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, 2009, PhD, 2012 Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Postdoctoral studies at Martin Buber Society of Fellows at Hebrew University from 2016 to 2020. Directed excavations at the Chalcolithic site of Ein el-Jarba, Israel (2013–2016). She is currently member of the START project, “Tracing Transformations in the southern Levant from collapse to consolidation in the mid-second millennium BC” and co-directs excavations at Tel Lachish (since 2017).

Research Interests

  • Southern Levant from the Neolithic to the Iron Age
  • Transregional interactions
  • Application of scientific methods in archaeology

Publications

Publications

2020

  • The Ancient Near East in Transregional Perspective: Material Culture and Exchange between Mesopotamia, the Levant and Lower Egypt from 5800 to 5200 calBC. Archaeology of Egypt, Sudan and the Levant 2. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.
  • (together with T. Carter and K. Campeau) Transregional Perspectives: Characterising Obsidian Consumption at Early Chalcolithic Ein el-Jarba (N. Israel). Journal of Field Archaeology 45(4): 249–269.
  • (together with M. Grohmann) Culture of Defeat – Submission in Written Sources and the Archaeological Record. The Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.
  • (together with M. Grohmann) Introduction. In: Streit, K.;Grohman, M. (eds.): Culture of Defeat – Submission in Written Sources and the Archaeological Record. The Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. 9–14.
  • After the Storm: Political, Economic and Socio-Demographic Aspects of the Assyrian Defeat of the Southern Levant. In: Streit, K.;Grohman, M. (eds.): Culture of Defeat – Submission in Written Sources and the Archaeological Record. The Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East Series. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. 281–307.
     

2019

  • Archaeological Evidence for the Egyptian Presence in the southern Levant during the Late Bronze Age – A Reappraisal.Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 21: 68–87.
  • The Stranger on the Mound: Tracing Ethnicity at Tel Lachish during the Late Bronze Age. In: Mynářová, J. et al. (eds.): The Crossroads III: A Stranger in the House -Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age. Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology. 355–370.
  • (together with L. Webster, M. W. Dee, I. Hajdas, and F. Höflmayer) New Radiocarbon-Based Assessment Supports the Prominence of Tel Lachish during the LB IB-IIA. Radiocarbon 61(6): 1711–1727.
  • (together with L. Webster, M. W. Dee, I. Hajdas, and F. Höflmayer) Identifying the Lachish of Papyrus Hermitage 1116A verso and the Amarna Letters: Implications of New Radiocarbon Dating.Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 21: 88–99.
  • (together with F. Höflmayer) The Impact of Radiocarbon Dating and Absolute Chronology in the Holy Land: A Social Archaeological Perspective. In: Yasur-Landau, A.; Cline, E.H. and Rowan, Y.M. (eds.): The Social Archaeology of the Levant: From Prehistory to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 573–593.
     

2018

  • Beyond the Image – Composite Female Figurines and Gender Relations of the Near East in the Mid-Sixth Mill. Cal. B.C.E. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 134(1): 1–27.
  • (together with L. Webster, V. Becker, A.-K. Jeske, H. Misgav, and F. Höflmayer) Between Destruction and Diplomacy in Canaan: The Austro-Israeli Expedition to Tel Lachish. Near Eastern Archaeology81(1): 259–268.
     

2017

  • Transregional Interactions between Egypt and the Southern Levant in the 6th Millennium cal BC. Ӓgypten und Levante 27: 403–429.
  • A Maximalist Interpretation of the Execration Texts – Archaeological and Historical Implications of a High Chronology. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections13: 59–69.
  • (together with T. Carter, Z. Batist, K. Campeau, and Y. Garfinkel) Investigating Pottery Neolithic Socio-Economic “Regression” in the Southern Levant. Characterising Obsidian Consumption at Sha'ar Hagolan (N. Israel). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 15: 305–317.
  • (together with R. and Y. Garfinkel) Final publication of Kaplan’s 1966 excavation at Ein el-Jarba. In: Gopher, A. (ed.): Jacob Kaplan’s Excavations of Protohistoric Sites 1950s–1980s. Tel Aviv: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology, Tel Aviv University; Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns. 522–560.
  • Review of ‘Hazor – Canaanite Metropolis, Israelite City‘ by A. Ben-Tor.Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research 378: 247–249.
     

2016

  • The Near East before Borders: Recent Excavations at Ein el-Jarba (Israel) and the Cultural Interactions of the 6th Millennium cal B.C.E. Near Eastern Archaeology79(4): 236–245.
  • The 6th Millennium Cal. BCE Wadi Rabah Culture: Further Excavations at Ein el-Jarba in the Jezreel Valley, Israel (2015–2016). Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society34: 11–38.
  • Protohistoric Infant Jar Burials of the Southern Levant in Context: Tracing Cultural Influences in the Late Sixth and Fifth Millennia BCE. In: Ganor, S.; Kreimerman, I.; Streit,K. and M. Mumcuoglu (eds.): From Sha'ar Hagolan to Shaaraim: Essays in honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society. 171–185.
  • (together with F. Höflmayer) Archaeomagnetism, Radiocarbon Dating, and the Problem of Circular Reasoning in Chronological Debates – Reply to Stillinger et al. (2016). Near Eastern Archaeology79(4): 233–235.
  • (together with S. Ganor, I. Kreimerman, and M. Mumcuoglu) From Sha'ar Hagolan to Shaaraim: Essays in Honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.
  • Review of ‘Interpreting the Late Neolithic of Upper Mesopotamia‘ edited by O.P. Nieuwenhuyse, R. Bernbeck, P.M.M.G. Akkermans, and J. Rogasch.American Journal of Archaeology 120(3).
     

2015

  • Exploring the Wadi Rabah Culture of the 6th Millennium cal BC: Renewed Excavations at Ein el-Jarba in the Jezreel Valley, Israel (2013–2015). Strata: The Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 33: 11–34.
  • Interregional Contacts in the 6th Millennium BC: Tracing Foreign Influences in the Holemouth Jar from Ein el-Jarba, Israel. Levant47(3): 255–266.
  • (together with Y. Garfinkel) A Specialized Ceramic Assemblage for Water Pulling: The Middle Chalcolithic Well of Tel Tsaf.Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research374: 61–73.
  • (together with Y. Garfinkel) Tel Tsaf and the Impact of the Ubaid Culture on the Southern Levant: Interpreting the Radiocarbon Evidence. Radiocarbon 57(5): 865–880.
  • (together with Y. Garfinkel) Horned Figurines Made of Stone from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Periods and the Domestication of Sheep and Goat. Palestine Exploration Quarterly147(1): 39–48.
  • (together with Y. Garfinkel, S. Ganor, and P. J. Reimer): King David’s City at Khirbet Qeiyafa: Results of the Second Radiocarbon Dating Project. Radiocarbon 57(5): 881–890.
     

2014

  • (together with Y. Garfinkel) Radiometric dating of the Iron Age city. In: Garfinkel, Y.; Ganor, S.; Hasel, M. (eds.): Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 2. Excavation Report 2009–2013: Stratigraphy and Architecture (Areas B, C, D, E). Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society. 367–374.
     

2012

  • (together with Y. Garfinkel and S. Ganor) State Formation in Judah: Biblical Tradition, Modern Historical Theories and Radiometric Datings from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Radiocarbon 54(3-4): 359–369.
     

2009

  • (together with S. Brather, S. Gütermann, M. Künzie, J. Reinecke, C. Schmid, D. Tolkach, N. Wächtler, and V. Zadow) Grabausstattung und Lebensalter im frühen Mittelalter – Soziale Rollen im Spiegel der Bestattungen. Fundberichte aus Baden-Württemberg30: 273–378.

Detailed Biography

Detailed Biography

Academic Education

  • 2012–2016
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem: PhD in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • 2009–2012
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem: MA in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • 2006–2009
    University of Oxford: BA in Archaeology & Anthropology
  • 2004–2005
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: Zwischenprüfung: (equivalent to BA) in Medieval Archaeology and Prehistory

 

Academic Positions

  • Since 2020
    Researcher at the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Since 2017
    Postdoctoral Fellow of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
  • 2016–2020
    Postdoctoral Fellow in the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

 

Professional Memberships

  • American School of Oriental Research (ASOR)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
  • German Society for the Exploration of Palestine (Deutscher Palästina Verein – DPV)

 

Peer-review activities

  • Science Advances
  • Journal of the Israeli Prehistoric Society
  • Journal of World Prehistory
  • Palestine Exploration Quarterly
  • Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins
  • British Archaeological Reports Publishing
  • Berlin Studies of the Ancient World
  • Prague Egyptological Studies
  • Arts

Presented Papers

Presented Papers

2020

  • Seminar of the Biblical Archaeology department of the Israel Antiquities Authority: Egyptian footprints in Canaan: Egyptian presence in the Levant in the Late Bronze Age (in Hebrew; Zoom; 13.8.2020)
     

2019

  • Ägypten und Altes Testament Fachtagung "40 Jahre ÄAT", München: Die assyrische Eroberung der Südlevante und Ägyptens: Ein Vergleich textlicher und archäologischer Evidenzen von Niederlage und ihrer Rezeption (together with F. Höflmayer) (6.12.2019)
  • Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature San Diego, CA, USA: Culture of Defeat – Submission in Written Sources and the Archaeological Record in the late 8th c. BC (26.11.2020)
  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research San Diego, CA, USA: The Austrian-Israeli Expedition to Lachish after Three Seasons of Excavation (23.11.2019)
  • Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna: The Wadi Rabah Culture of the 6th Millennium Cal BC in the Southern Levant and Beyond – Results and Contributions of Five Seasons of Excavation at Ein el-Jarba, Israel (8.5.2019)
     

2018

  • Scientific Conference of the German Society for the Exploration of Ancient Palestine “Temples, Synagogues, Churches and Mosques”, Mainz: Recent Excavations at Lachish (1.12.2018)
  • Department for Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Freiburg: Tel Lachisch (Tell ed-Duweir) – Neue österreichisch-israelische Grabungen an einem bronze- und eisenzeitlichen Siedlungshügel in der Südlevante (8.2.2018)
  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Denver, CO, USA: Tel Lachish during the Middle and Late Bronze Age—The Results of the First Two Seasons of the Austro-Israeli Expedition
  • Conference CROSSROADS III, Prague, Czech Republic: The Foreigners on the Mound: Egyptian Presence at Tel Lachish during the Late Bronze Age
  • 11th International Conference on Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Munich, Germany: Assessing Egyptian Influence and (Potential) Egyptian Presence at Tel Lachish during the Late Bronze Age
     

2017

  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, MA, USA: Fluctuating Connectivity of the Levant and Mesopotamia—A Longue Durée View of Long Distance Ties from the Pottery Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age (16.11.2017)
  • Workshop Cultural Responses to Defeat – Submission in Written Sources and the Archaeological Record, Jerusalem, Israel: Cultural Responses to Defeat – Submission in Written Sources and the Archaeological Record of the Ancient Near East (22.10.2017)
  • Conference ORIGINS.6, Vienna, Austria: The Origin of the Delta Neolithic: Transregional Interactions between Egypt and the Levant in the 6th Millennium calBC (15.9.2017)
  • Workshop Late Bronze Age Chronology and Connections in the Eastern Mediterranean, Vienna, Austria: The Fosse Temple of Tel Lachish – The Making of the Late Bronze Age Chronology (11.5.2017)
  • Conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Northern District, Haifa: A matter of life and death at Ein el-Jarba – five seasons of excavation at a Wadi Rabah settlement in the Jezreel Valley (26.1.2017)
     

2016

  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, San Antonio, TX, USA: A Maximalist Interpretation of the Execration Texts - Archaeological and Historical Implications of a High Chronology (19.11.2016)
  • 10th International Conference on Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Vienna, Austria: Exploring Transregional Interactions between Egypt and the Levant in the 6th Millennium cal BC (25.4.2016)
     

2015

  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Atlanta, GA, USA: The Ein el-Jarba Excavation Project: A Settlement in the Jezreel Valley from the 6th Millennium and the Transregional Interaction of the Wadi Rabah Culture (20.11.2015)
     

2014

  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, San Diego, CA, USA: Towards an Absolute Chronology for the 6th and Early 5th Millennium in the Southern Levant: New Radiocarbon Sequences and Bayesian Modeling from Ein el-Jarba and Tel Tsaf (22.11.2014)
  • 9th International Conference on Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Basel, Switzerland: The Ein el-Jarba Excavation Project: A Settlement in the Jezreel Valley from the 6th and 4th Millennia BC (12.6.2014)
  • Tel Tsaf Seminar at the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: New radiometric datings from Tel Tsaf (3.4.2014)
     

2013

  • Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Baltimore, MD, USA: Ein el-Jarba: A Wadi Rabah Settlement in the Jezreel Valley and its Foreign Contacts (22.11.2013)
  • Orient Department, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin: Neue Grabungen in Ein el-Jarba (Israel): Ein Siedlungsplatz des 6. Jahrtausends v. Chr. und seine Kontakte zur nördlichen Levante (13.5.2013)
  • Graduate Seminar of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa: Re-evaluation the Ubaid: Synchronizing the 6th and 5th millennium BC (22.4.2013)
     

2011

  • 6th International Symposium on Radiocarbon and Archaeology, Paphos, Cyprus: The 10th Century BC Debate in Biblical Archaeology Resolved? Dates from Khirbet Qeiyafa and the Traditional Chronology (13.4.2011)

Teaching

Teaching

2019

  • Graduate Seminar “Mit Bibel und Spaten? Beiträge der biblischen Archäologie für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft”, Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology, University of Vienna (in German)
  • Blockseminar “The Archaeology of Israel/Palestine – New Questions New Answers”, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Ruhr University Bochum (in German)
     

2018

  • Class “Archaeology and Anthropology – Shared Topics in the Study of Human Society from the Past and Present”, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in Hebrew)
     

2017

  • Class “From the Trenches – Recent Archaeological Contributions to the Hebrew Bible”, Department of Jewish History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in Hebrew)