The Neolithic in southwest Asia (c 11,700-7800 cal BP) is an important period in human history which saw the advent of sedentism, agriculture, and ultimately the rise of complex societies. It is also, however, one of the most poorly understood. This is partly due to the problems associated with site recognition and partly because of the lack of preservation of many forms of evidence, particularly biological. As a result, many Neolithic sites are comprised of a series of structures, the function of which is difficult, if not impossible, to interpret. Therefore, it is critical that we maximise the information that can be acquired from these sites.
Want to know more about the archaeology and ethnography of Jordan? Watch this short film which was made as part of the AHRC funded INEA project (Identifying activity areas in Neolithic sites through ethnographic analysis of phytoliths and geochemical residues). It shows footage of archaeologists working at, and talking about, a range of sites in Jordan that are perhaps not as well-known as Petra, from the Neolithic site of Beidha to the ethnographic village Al Ma'tan. The film shows the glorious landscapes and rich archaeology that Jordan has to offer.
JORDAN: LOOKING FORWARD INTO THE PAST
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