Khirbat Faris: Rural Settlement, Continuity and Change in Southern Jordan

The rural landscape in Jordan has deep roots and its character – patterns of settlement, land-use, architecture, material culture – is one of the richest parts of the country’s heritage. A project exploring this rural landscape was initiated in the late 1980s under the directorship of Professor Jeremy Johns and Alison McQuitty and sponsored by the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History – later CBRL. While interim articles have appeared over the years, the report on the primary evidence is finally coming to fruition: the first of three volumes has just been published by Archaeopress in 2020. This first volume (Khirbat Faris: Rural Settlement, Continuity and Change in Southern Jordan) charts the temporal and spatial occupational fluctuations at the site, as well as suggesting insights into the lives of the communities that called Khirbat Faris “home”. The detailed final excavation report focuses on the stratigraphy, architecture and small-finds, and covers the periods from the 13th century BC to the present day. Current themes of Islamic archaeology are also discussed and specialist contributions by Douglas Baird (flints), Dominique Collon (cylinder seals), Jeremy Johns (coins) and Mouna Khoury (glass) are included.

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