The Rural Landscape of Roman Philadelphia: A (Disappearing) 'World of Villages'

24 September 2017 18:00 to 20:00

102 Uhod Street, Tla al-Ali
11941


The Council for British Research in the Levant
British Institute in Amman 

Is pleased to invite you to our public lecture

The Rural Landscape of Roman Philadelphia: A (Disappearing) 'World of Villages'

By


Professor David Kennedy
University of Western Australia & Oxford 

Sunday, September 24th, at 6 p.m.

At

The British Institute in Amman

Tla al-Ali' | 102 Uhod Street | Amman

----------------------------

About the lecture 
Between Biblical ‘Ammon’ and Islamic ‘Amman’ lie nine centuries of Graeco-Roman Philadelphia. During this period the population of city and hinterland reached a peak not seen again till the 20th century. In between, however, Amman was abandoned for centuries, an island of crumbling grandeur in an equally depopulated landscape known only to beduin, the skeleton of a once thriving network of roads, farms, monasteries, and fossilized field-systems clearly visible and – in particular, as Fergus Millar observed in 1993, there was a ‘World of Villages’. Starting with Seetzen in 1806, westerners began to explore ‘east of Jordan’. Many recorded their observations, mapped, painted and drew, and increasingly photographed. Explicitly scientific were the PEF surveys of Warren in 1867 and Conder in 1881, playing an outstanding part in introducing a scholarly and increasingly systematic approach. Even after re-settlement began in the 1870s, development throughout this region was relatively slow; until the 1940s population was thin and ruins remained abundant and well-preserved. Since 1948, population explosion and landscape development has devastated the archaeological record in the Belqa - the fertile hinterland of Amman. Destruction is accelerating and spreading, overwhelming the vital rural context of a great Classical city. Nevertheless, much can yet be salvaged as an examination of some case studies illustrates
 
About the speaker
 
Professor David Kennedy's principal research focuses on the Roman Near East where he has conducted fieldwork since 1976 ranging from survey in the Southern Hauran (Jordan) and the hinterland of Jarash to excavation at Zeugma (Turkey). Of particular interest to Professor Kennedy are the Roman army and military installations, landscape archaeology and Aerial Archaeology. The last of these has stimulated research on other periods from the Neolithic period through the Umayyad to the Ottoman and British, on the archaeology of Saudi Arabia and on 19th century western exploration ‘east of Jordan’.

Professor Kennedy founded, in 1978, the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME), co-director of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) project since 1997 and Affiliate and Co-Founder of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project since 2015.

His recent publications include Gerasa and the Decapolis (2007), Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East (2013) and an eBook, Kites in ‘Arabia’ (with R. Banks and P. Houghton) (2014). In progress are books on the Hinterland of Roman Philadelphia, the Umayyad Palace at Muwaqqar and Travel and Travellers East of Jordan in the 19th Century.
 
 
 
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Website
Website
SoundCloud
SoundCloud
Email
Email
 
 
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list
 

 
Book your tickets

This event is available to bookings.
Ticket Price: £ 0.00 (Free for members!)

Book now!

View other events