Lecture: Joint Lecture with Bath & Camerton Archaeological Society: Hunter Gatherers and First Farmers in Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan

Speaker: Professor Steven Mithen, University of Reading

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Members: Free

Visitors: £5.00

Date and Time

19:30 -


Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN

Lecture Description

Wadi Faynan provides a spectacular desert landscape in southern Jordan. Today it quite arid and inhabited by scattered Bedouin living traditional transhumance lifetsyles. And yet it contains a remarkable archaeological record, ranging from Palaeolithic handaxes to a small urban Roman settlement, one of the key copper mining centres in the Ancient world. This lecture will review this archaeology focussing on the early Neolithic site of WF16 - one of the few settlements in Jordan created right at the transition from hunting-gathering to farming lifestyles.

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