received his B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History, and M.A. in Archaeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His M.A. thesis focused on the Persian and Hellenistic plain ware pottery of the southern Carmel coast as a mean to understand and track social, economical, cultural and behavioral processes. During his M.A. Barak received a scholarship from the "Ruth Amiran Fund for Archaeological Research in Eretz-Israel" for petrographic analysis of plain ware pottery.
In his Ph.D. research Barak decided to widen the scope of his previous study to southern Phoenicia and its surroundings during the Persian, Hellenistic, and the Roman periods.
Barak started to work in Tel Dor project at 2004, serving as an area recorder and the museum registrar during the excavations, and since 2007 he is in charge of identifying and sorting of the late (Persian, Hellenistic and Roman) pottery and special finds. He is involved in the publication of Persian, Hellenistic and Roman pottery assemblages from the Hellenistic Monumental Complex (Areas D1, D2 and D4).