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2001 Survey in Wadi Ziqlab and Wadi Taiyiba

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From 23 June to 19 July 2001, the Wadi Ziqlab Project expanded its survey to include Wadi Taiyiba, which lies immediately to the north, and also continued test excavations at site WZ 148 in Wadi Ziqlab. As in 2000, the fieldwork was under the co-direction of Lisa Maher and Ted Banning.

The brief survey in Wadi Taiyiba was extremely successful at detecting Epipalaeolithic sites in particular. These included some with clear Geometric Kebaran artifacts, but none that could be attributed to the Natufian. In addition, we found a small Iron Age tell, a large Roman-Byzantine town, some Roman-Byzantine cemeteries, an EB IV site, and some Upper Palaeolithic sites. One large Epipalaeolithic site (WT 4) also shows some evidence for Late Neolithic and Iron Age occupation.

As in 2000, a focus of the fieldwork was to try and understand, through geoarchaeology, how the two wadi systems' landscapes have changed over time and how Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic sites were related to these old landscapes.

In addition, we conducted small test excavations at two of the new Epipalaeolithic sites in Wadi Taiyiba: a relic stream terrace (WT 1) and a rockshelter (WT 6). We also continued work at the Geometric Kebaran site of WZ 148.

We will post more information about this field season shortly.


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