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** New fieldwork in the Jebel Qurma region **

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Just south of Damascus begins the stony black basalt wasteland or Black Desert, stretching across Northeastern Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the fringes of the sands of the great Nafud desert. New research east of Jordan’s capital of Amman shows that the arid and desolate, basalt-strewn lands are astonishingly rich in archaeological monuments of all kinds and periods , in the form of circular stone dwellings, round enclosures with low stone walls, burial cairns, chambered tower tombs, hunting installations, rock drawings, and Safaitic and Arabic inscriptions on stone.


The Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project aims to study this extraordinary archaeological heritage in Jordan’s Black Desert over a long time scale and across several different environments. The project comprises field survey and excavation in the prominent Jebel Qurma range east of the oasis of Azraq, in the midst of the basalt, close to the Jordan-Saudi border.


The Jebel Qurma Archaeological Landscape Project is a new research project in Jordan

under the auspices of the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University,

in close cooperation with the Department of Antiquities, Jordan

Project director: Prof. Peter M.M.G. Akkermans