Aharon Horowitz

Professor of Quaternary Geology and Palynology

   BA - Hebrew University, 1962
   MSc - Hebrew University, 1964
   Ph.D. - Hebrew University, 1969
   Ph.D. Dissertation:
     The Late Pleistocene-Holocene Climate and
     Vegetation of the Northern Jordan Valley.

Fields of Research
   Quaternary Paleoenvironments and Human
   Settlements in Connection with the Natural

Temporary Appointments:
1965: Geologist, Israeli South Red Sea Expedition
1970: Palynologist, Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, Capo di Ponte, Italy
1971: Visiting Professor, Department of Geology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1975: Sabbatical, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa
1976: Geologist and Palynologist, Huelva Archaeo-Metalurgical Expedition, Spain
1978-1979: Geologist, The Arava Expedition, Timna, Israel
1979: Sabbatical, Department of Geology, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas, USA
1980: Sabbatical, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1983: Geologist, Research Project on Acheulian settlement pattern in the Zeekoe Valley, Republic of South Africa
1986: Sabbatical, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kanazawa, Japan
1989: Summer sabbatical, Laboratoire de Palynologie, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier, France
1993: Summer sabbatical, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, and Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
1996-1997: Sabbatical, Geological Survey of Israel's Library, Jerusalem
1999-2000: Sabbatical, Geological Survey of Israel's Library, Jerusalem

Academic and professional experience:
1963-1966: Department of Geology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Teaching Assistant
1967-1970: Geological Survey of Israel, Palynologist
Since 1970: Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Tel Aviv University, Quaternary Geologist and Palynologist, teaching and research
1970: Senior Lecturer
1975: Associate Professor
1995: Professor

Membership in Learned Societies:

Since 1961: the Israel Geological Society, Israel
1964-1965: Secretary

1970-1985 (then merged with the Israel Geological Society): The Israel Pleistocene Association, Israel
1970-1972: Secretary
1979-1981: Chairman

Since 1967: American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, USA

Since 1972: Associacion Latinoamericana de Paleobotanica y Palynologìa, Argentina

Since 1972: Quaternary Research Association, England

Since 1980: American Quaternary Association, USA

Current Projects
   The Geology, Environments and Human
   Settlement of the Jordan Rift Valley

Selected Publications


  • Horowitz, A. 1979. The Quaternary of Israel. New York.
  • Horowitz, A. 1992. Palynology of Arid Lands. Amsterdam.
  • Horowitz, A. 2001. The Jordan Rift Valley. Rotterdam.

  • Horowitz, A. 1989. Continuous Pollen Diagrams for the last 3.5 Million Years form Israel: Vegetation, Climate and Correlation with the Oxygen Isotope Record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 72:63-78.
  • Horowitz, A. 1989. Palynological Evidence for the Quaternary Rates of Accumulation along the Dead Sea Rift, and Structural Implications. Tectonophysics 164:63-71.
  • Horowitz, A. 1989. Prehistoric Cultures of Israel: Correlation with the Oxygen Isotope Scale. BAR International Series 497. Oxford: 5-17.
  • Fuji, N. and Horowitz, A. 1989. Brunhes Epoch Paleoclimates of Japan and Israel. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 72:79-88.
  • Nissenbaum,. A. and Horowitz, A. 1992. The Levantine Amber Belt. Journal of African Earth Sciences 14(2):295-300.
  • M. Rosensaft, A. Horowitz. 1993. Point Counter for palynologists
    American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Newsletter, Vol. 26 (4): 8-11.
  • A. Horowitz. 1997. Review of Lower Paleolithic site locations in Israel, possibly controlled by deposition and erosion processes. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 45 (3): 137-145.
  • A. Horowitz. 2000. The middle Oligocene of the Dead Sea and vicinity.
    Geological Survey of Israel Current Research, Vol. 12, : 197-205

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