Speaker to Discuss New Evidence for Late Prehistoric Sites in the Black Desert, Jordan

Free public lecture scheduled for Nov. 12 at The College of Wooster

29 October, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, —Yorke Rowan, an archaeologist at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, will present "In the Land of Conjecture: New Evidence for Late Prehistoric Sites in the Black Desert, Jordan" on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will follow the presentation.

Recent investigations by the Eastern Badia Archaeological Project at Wisad Pools and Wadi al-Qattafi in the Black Desert indicate that conditions in the region may have allowed substantial numbers of people to live there during the Late Neolithic (c. 7000-5000 BC), hunting wild animals, herding goats, and possibly practicing opportunistic agriculture. The new discoveries presented in this lecture suggest that our assumptions about the inhospitable nature of the area may not reflect the conditions of late prehistory.

Rowan's lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.