A landscape of preservation: late prehistoric settlement and sequence in the Jebel Qurma region, north-eastern Jordan

Peter Akkermans, Harmen Huigens, Merel Bruning

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Abstract

Recent fieldwork in the Jebel Qurma region, in the basalt wasteland east of Azraq, revealed a large number of prehistoric sites,dating from the 7th to the late 4th millennia cal BC. While some sites were little more than lithic scatters over a few dozen square metres, others were of impressive size, up to 8 hectares in extent and characterized by hundreds of stone-built structures. The new data demonstrate considerable diversity in site layout as well as clear shifts in habitation patterns and locational preferences through time. These new insights require a re-evaluation of current thoughts on settlement and community organization in the basaltic uplands of north-eastern Jordan in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-205
JournalLevant
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Jordan
  • Neolithic
  • Chalcolithic
  • dessert environs
  • settlement history

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