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The Late Epipalaeolithic and Early Neolithic Occupation of the Black Desert (Jordan) – University of Copenhagen

This project investigates the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture in the so-called ‘marginal zone’ of the eastern foothills of the Jebel Druze through the excavation of a number of key late Epipalaeolithic and early Neolithic sites in Jordan’s northeastern Badya.

The project focuses in particular on the relationship between climatic and cultural change and whether deteriorating environmental conditions at the end of the last Ice Age caused humans to cultivate wild plants for the first time.

Funded by a Sapere Aude DFF Forskningsleder grant for three years, the project will initiate new fieldwork in north-eastern Jordan and undertake studies of the artefact, botanical and faunal assemblages from these sites.

About the Project