The Kharaneh IV project (co-directed by Lisa Maher and Danielle Macdonald) explores the nature of interaction and aggregation in the Azraq Basin at the end of the Pleistocene. Kharaneh IV is a multi-component Epipalaeolithic site located in the Eastern Desert of Jordan, at the western edge of the Azraq Basin. It is an exceptionally large site, approximately 21 000 m2 in size, making it one of the largest Terminal Pleistocene occupations in the Levant. The high density of artifacts, repeated occupation, and the presence of multiple habitation structures suggests that several small groups were aggregating at Kharaneh IV, a phenomena rarely seen in Levantine Late Pleistocene sites. Excavations at Kharaneh IV explore evidence of aggregation and social interaction in hunter-gatherer communities prior to the origins of agriculture.
For the Kharaneh IV Project Website, please click here
The Shubeikha project (directed by Tobias Richter) examines the impact of the Younger Dryas climatic event on human societies in southwest Asia during the Late Epipalaeolithic period (c. 12,500 – 9,500 BCE), by studying its cultural, economic and environmental effects in the semi-arid to arid zone of the southern Levant. The project focuses on the study of the Shubeikha area in the Harra basalt desert of eastern Jordan.
For the Shubeikha Project Website, please click here
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