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Landscapes of Survival

An important spin-off of the Jebel Qurma project is another research project, recently awarded to Prof. dr. Peter Akkermans and Dr. Ahmad Al-Jallad by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), entitled: Landscapes of Survival (LoS) – Pastoralist Societies, Rock Art and Literacy in Jordan’s Black Desert.

This multidisciplinary 4-years research programme, which started in April 2014, aims to bring the rich, new datasets from the jebel Qurma region (settlements, burials, rock-art, inscriptions) in a single interpretive framework, which has not been done before.

It focuses on the social, political, economic and ideological strategies which allowed the local peoples to successfully exploit their inherently marginal landscapes between the Hellenistic and early Islamic periods. The programme investigates pastoralist lifeways and the treatment of the dead in the desert, the role of rock-art in signing the landscape, and the implications of widespread literacy among the local desert peoples.

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A Safaitic tower tomb from the 2nd to 3rd century AD in the Jebel Qurma region