Archaeocafé Podcast – Episode 3 – Re-living the Neolithic: An interview with Amiel Abir

hosted by Otis Crandell

In this episode, I talk with Amiel Abir, an experimental and experiential archaeologist in Jerusalem, Israel whose particular interest is the Neolithic period of the Levant.

Tune in to this episode on the following sites:




Some useful terminology and links

Living history
an activity that incorporates historical tools, activities and dress into an interactive presentation that seeks to give observers and participants a sense of stepping back in time

Experimental archaeology 
a field of study which attempts to generate and test archaeological hypotheses, usually by replicating or approximating the feasibility of ancient cultures performing various tasks or feats
For more about experimental archaeology, visit the EXARC website.

adze / adz
a cutting tool similar to an axe but with the cutting edge perpendicular to the handle rather than parallel

a process by which an artefact, often bone, metal, or stone is attached to a haft (handle or strap)


To learn more about Amiel’s work, have a look at his instructional videos.



“X never, ever, marks the spot.”
— Indiana Jones
(Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. 1989)

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