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Archaeology and Rock Art

Wednesday 26 September 2018
National Museum of Antiquities
Rapenburg 28
2311 EW Leiden

Leiden archaeologists will present their discoveries in the Black Desert, the most remote and inaccessible part of Jordan. It is an arid and desolate wasteland, once described by a British colonial officer as a country that “(…) looks like a dead fire -nothing but cold ashes."

In spite of its inhospitable appearance, people have lived in the area for thousands of years. A wealth of ancient traces of habitation and thousands of rock drawings and inscriptions were found by archaeologists of the Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project, conducted by Peter Akkermans.

On the 26th, the team will be presenting their research by means of four short lectures and a photo-exhibition. The lectures will be about the archaeology (with a focus on the funerary landscape), the rock art, Early Travellers in the region, and field methods that made research in this harsh environment possible. During the long break you will be able to visit a photo exhibition of the desert and the rock art while enjoying a drink and oriental snacks.  

Please note that most of the lectures will be in Dutch.


Please register for this free event by sending an e-mail to Merel Brüning.

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