Rona Winter-Livneh, Ph.D.      

GIS and Mapping Specialist
Rona specializes in Geographic Information System (GIS) and the mapping of archaeological and environmental data. She has rich experience in archaeological excavations and survey. She participated in prehistoric, biblical, Roman and Byzantine periods excavations throughout Israel. She supervised field excavations within an academic framework as well as for the Israeli Antiquity Authority (IAA). She has used GIS software for her own research as well as within other research organizations such as the Israel Nature and Park Authority. She has experience in computerizing archaeological data and reconstructing past landscapes. She taught a class named: GIS applications in Archaeology in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). She finished both her B.A. and M.A. degrees with honors. In her PhD studies she worked on the impact of environmental conditions on prehistoric settlement distributions within the southern Levant. Examining their spatial patterns and their association with the immediate landscape surroundings helped her to better understand the social and economic organization of these past societies. She has published her research results in two of the leading reviewed archaeological journals: Journal of Archaeological Science and Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. She joined GRA in 2013, and has been constructing a 3D model of the island of Manhattan during past geological and historical periods, based on boring and excavation data for the Riverside project.

Education


Ph.D. 2013 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dept. of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern studies
M.A. 2006 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dept. of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern studies
B.A. 2003 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dept. of Bible, Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern studies

Employment History


2013-present GIS and Mapping Specialist
Geoarcheology Research Associates
2011-2013 GIS analyst, Tell es- Sefi/Gath Landscape Project
Prof. Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Dr. Liora Horowitz, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2011-2012 Archaeological supervisor
Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv
2009 Lecturer: “GIS Applications in Archaeology”
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva/i>
2005-2006 GIS analyst
Israel Nature and Parks Authority, southern district, Beer-Sheva
2003-2005 Computerizing and preliminary processing of archaeological excavation datasets
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
2005 Mapping and constructing 3D model of Qubur al-Walayida
Prof. Gunnar Lehman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

Selected Publications


2013 Winter-Livneh, R., T. Svoray, and I. Gilead. “Shape reproducibility and architectural symmetry during the Chalcolithic period in the southern Levant”. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 1340-1353.
2012 Gorzalczany, A., R. Winter-Livneh, A. Dagot and V. Shustin. “Palmahim (North) preliminary report”. Hadashot Arkheologiyot 124.
2011 Winter-Livneh, R., T. Svoray, and I. Gilead. “Secondary burial cemeteries, visibility and land tenure: a view from the southern Levant during the Chalcolithic period”. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31:423-438.
2010 Winter-Livneh, R., T. Svoray, and I. Gilead. “Settlement patterns, social complexity and agricultural strategies during the Chalcolithic period in the Northern Negev, Israel”. Journal of Archaeological Science 37: 284-294.
2008 Fletcher, R., and R. Winter. “Prospects and Problems in GIS Applications in Studying Chalcolithic Archaeology in Southern Israel”. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 352: 1-28.
2008 Fletcher, R., R. Winter, and I. Gilead. “Patterning Human Behavior in Chalcolithic Southern Palestine: Differing scales of analysis,” in Layers of Perception: Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Berlin, Germany, April 2-6, 2007. A. Posluschny, K. Lambers, and I, Herzog (eds.). Pp. 257-65. Bonn: Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH.

Selected Presentations at Professional Meetings


2012 The Thirty-Eight Archaeological Conference in Israel. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2012 The Israel Antiquity Authority excavators and researchers seminar. Har-Hotzvim, Jerusalem.
2011 The Antiquity Authority and the Martin (Szusz) department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Young researchers conference. Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.
2010 The Annual Israeli Prehistoric Society conference. Tel Hai college, Upper Galilee.
2010 The annual Israeli Geographical Association conference. Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2010 The Thirty Sixth Archaeological Conference in Israel. Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva.
2009 The annual Israeli Geographical Association conference. Haifa University, Haifa.

Fellowships and Grants


2006 PRATT Ph.D. fellowship
2002 student excellence award, Yad Ben Tzvi.
2001 student excellence award, Yad Ben Tzvi.