Michael Chazan

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Michael Chazan, Ph.D. (Yale University, 1992)
Professor, St. George Campus and Director, Archaeology Center
(416) 971-1369 (lab)
(416) 585-4423 (office)
Office: AP 500 and 232 Northrop Frye Hall (Victoria College)
Lab: AP 500A

Research Keywords: Paleoarchaeology, lithic analysis, history of archaeology

Research Region: Near East, France, South Africa

Recent Publications

2015.  Macdonald, D.A., M. Chazan and J.C. Janetski. The Geometric Kebaran occupation and lithic assemblage of Wadi Mataha, Southern Jordan. Quaternary International doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.056

2015.  Chazan. M. The Lithic Sequence from Wonderwerk Cave, Excavations 1 and 2. Proceedings of the 2010 joint meeting of the Panafrican Archaeological Congress and the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Dakar, Senegal. November 2-4, 2010.

2015.  Horwitz, L.K. and M. Chazan. An Overview of Recent Research at Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. Proceedings of the 2010 joint meeting of the Panafrican Archaeological Congress and the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, Dakar, Senegal. November 2-4, 2010.

2015.  Wilkins, J., B.J. Schoville, K.S. Brown, and M. Chazan. Kathu Pan 1 points and the assemblage-scale, probabilistic approach: a response to Rots and Plisson,“Projectiles and the abuse of the use-wear method in a search for impact. Journal of Archaeological Science 54: 294-299.

2014.  Walker, S. J., Lukich, V., & Chazan, M. Kathu Townlands: A High Density Earlier Stone Age Locality in the Interior of South Africa. PloS one, 9(7): e103436.

2014 Riddle, Andrew TR, and M. Chazan. Stone tools from the inside out: radial point distribution. World Archaeology 46: 123-136.

2013.  Lister, A.M., W. Dirks, A. Assaf, M. Chazan, P. Goldberg, Y.H. Applbaum, N. Greenbaum, and L.K. Horwitz. New fossil remains of Elephas from the southern Levant: Implications for the evolutionary history of the Asian elephant. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 386 (2013): 119-130.

2013.  Chazan, M. Butchering large animals with small tools: The Implications of the Evron Quarry assemblage for the Behaviour of Homo erectus. Antiquity 87(336): 350-367.

2013. Chazan, M., N. Porat, A. Sumner, L.K. Horwitz. The use of OSL dating in unstructured sands: The archaeology and chronology of the Hutton Sands at Canteen Kopje (Northern Cape Province, South Africa). Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences.

2012. Berna, F., P. Goldberg, L.K. Horwitz, J. Brink, S. Holt, M. Bamford, and M. Chazan. Microstratigraphic evidence of in situ fire in the Acheulean strata of Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape province, South Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published ahead of print Aprtil 2, 2012.

2012. Jacobson, L., F.C. de Beer, R. Nshimirimana, L.K. Horwitz, and M. Chazan. Neutron tomographic assessment of incisions on prehistoric stone slabs: a case study from Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. Archaeometry.

2012. Monchot, H., M. Chazan, and L.K. Horwitz. Testing the spatial association of lithic and faunal remains: A case study from the Lower Palaeolithic site of Holon (Israel). In Bones for Tools, Tools for Bones: the Interrelationship of Lithic and Bone Raw Materials, edited by K. Seetah and B. Gravina. Cambridge: McDonald Institute Monograph.

2009. Chazan, M. Assessing the Lower to Middle Paleolithic Transition. In Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions, edited by M. Camps and P. Chauhan. New York: Springer, pp. 237-244.

2009. Chazan, M. Pattern and technology:  Why the Chaîne Opératoire matters.  In Transitions in Prehistory: Essays in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef, edited by John Shea and Daniel Lieberman.  Cambridge:  American School of Prehsitoric Research, pp. 469-478.

2008. Chazan, M. Pathways Through Time: An Introduction to Prehistory and Archaeology. Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson Canada

2008. Chazan, M. Culture, information, and inheritance: New perspectives on old questions. Reviews in Anthropology 37 (1): 3-15

2007.  Chazan, M. and Horwitz, L. (eds) The Lower Paleolithic Site of Holon, Israel. Cambridge: Peabody Museum Press

Graduate Students

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