Ancient Jebel Hamrat Fidan in Jordan
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Jebel Hamrat Fidan

Located in Biblical Edom, 35 miles north of Petra in Jordan, Jebel Hamrat Fidan is one of the oldest sites in the Levant. The Jebel (Arabic = mountain) Hamrat Fidan in southern Jordan marks the gateway to the Faynan district; the largest source of copper ore in the southern Levantine mainland.

The Faynan district has been the most important source of copper ore for ancient communities living in what is today Israel - Jordan - Palestine. Exploitation of Faynan ore spans the entire range of late prehistoric (Neolithic - 8th/7th millennium), Chalcolithic (circa 4500 - 3600 BC), Bronze Age (circa 3600 - 2000 BC), Late Iron Age (circa 1000 - 586 BC) and Roman (37 BC - 324 AD) periods.

By focusing on the role of copper ore and early metallurgy in social change from the Neolithic period through the Iron Age, this UCSD field school will be the first "deep-time" field study of craft specialization and social evolution in this part of the Levant .....

Social Archaeology & Early Metallurgy:
The Jebal Hamrat Fidan Project (Jordan)
A University of California, San Diego
and University of Bristol (U.K.) Project


The Jabal Hamrat Fidan Project:
GIS Field Application (34 Slides)

The Jabal Hamrat Fidan Project (1999)
GIS at Wadi Fidan (88 Slides)


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The History of the Ancient Near East Electronic Compendium