January 2, 2018

Kites, Tombs, and Houses in the 'Land of Conjecture:' New Discoveries in the Black Desert, Jordan

Yorke Rowan
Senior Research Associate in Ancient Studies
Oriental Institute

January 10, 2018
7:00 pm

Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute

Free and open to the public

The eastern panhandle of Jordan includes the Black Desert, a harsh, basalt-strewn region with a single asphalt road and few water sources. Few archaeological research projects operated in the region with the exception of pioneering investigations by Betts and Helms in the 1970s and 1980s. With the initiation of the Eastern Badia Archaeological Project in 2008, we began to recognize that thousands of structures, previously unknown, undated, and of unknown function, clustered on the landscape. In this talk, Yorke Rowan discusses recent discoveries of tombs, petroglyphs, well-built houses, and vast chains of hunting traps across the landscape, all of which suggest the environment  as quite different to what we see now.