New Perspectives on the Iron Age Edom


Dr. Mohammad Najjar


The talk presented here represents a summary of more than ten years of Iron Age field research in the biblical region of Edom in Southern Jordan. Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP) focuses on studying the role of technology on the evolution of societies in Jordan's copper ore-rich Faynan region. The lens for this study is ancient mining and metallurgy. The interdisciplinary approach of ELRAP has led to new discoveries concerning the rise of social complexity in the southern Levant based on rigorous control of time ( through the application of high-precision radiocarbon dating) and space ( the cultural change through precise recording of geospatial data). This was achieved by using the Iron Age excavations in Faynan as a test bed for developing cyber-archaeology, which represents the integration of archaeology, physical science, computer science, and engineering. For the Iron Age, the excavations at the large copper production site of Khirbet en-Nahas provide the archaeological anchor for understanding the new social and technological developments that took root in the lowlands Edom.

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (Tla al-Ali)
Reception to follow