The Landscapes of Survival international conference was held on 17 & 18 March 2017. Please stay in touch for updates on the proceedings!

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Landscapes of Survival

International Conference on The Archaeology and Epigraphy of Jordan’s North-Eastern Desert

 Abstract: The so-called ‘Black Desert’ of Jordan and beyond has a an amazingly rich archaeological and epigraphic record. Current fieldwork in the region produces a wealth of fascinating new data sets. The magnitude of the local record demonstrates thriving desert lifeways and challenges any preconceived ideas of marginality or cultural insignificance. In this conference we will bring together scholars working on the archaeology and epigraphy of Jordan’s North-Eastern desert and beyond, in order to explain the prominent achievements of the indigenous peoples through the ages and  to develop new, comparative perspectives on desert cultural landscapes. Guiding themes are regional perspectives and diversity, chronologies, population dynamics, transitions, habitation and burial practices, local identities, mobility and landscape, ecology and environment, connectivity, social and ideological strategies, the meaning of literacy, marginality and periphery, the role of rock art, and the constitution and meanings of local material culture.

Organisers: Peter Akkermans and Ahmad Al-Jallad

Venue: ‘Het Paviljoen’, National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, Leiden


Please follow the links below for:

Conference programme

Abstracts of papers


Contributors to conference and/or publication:

Wael Abu-Azizeh,  Université de Lyon, France
Peter Akkermans, Leiden University,The Netherlands
Ahmad Al-Jallad, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Karin Bartl, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Germany
Koen Berghuijs, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Robert Bewley,  EAMENA, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Merel Brüning, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Nathalie Brusgaard, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Rémy Crassard,  CNRS – Lyon, France
Chiara Della Puppa, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Wesam Esaid, Department of Antiquities, Jordan
Maria Guagnin, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Hani Hayajneh, Yarmuk University, Jordan
Harmen Huigens, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Monther Dahash Jamhawi. Department of Antiquities, Jordan
David Kennedy, University of Western Australia, Australia
Will M. Kennedy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Michael Macdonald,  University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Ali Al-Manaser, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Jørgen Christian Meyer, University of Bergen, Norway
Bernd Müller-Neuhof, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Germany
Jérôme Norris, Université de Lorraine, France
Aktham Oweidi, Department of Antiquities, Jordan
Charly Poliakoff,  Université Paris 1- Sorbonne, France
Tobias Richter, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jérôme Rohmer, CNRS – Paris, France
Gary Rollefson, Whitman College, USA
Yorke Rowan, University of Chicago, USA
Stefan Smith, Ghent University, Belgium
Philip Stokes, University of Texas, USA
Daniella Vos, Bornemouth University, United Kingdom
Bethany J. Walker, Universität Bonn, Germany
Alan George Walmsley, Australia
Alexander Wasse, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom