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A multi-isotope base map for Jordan : a tool for re-examining movement and community in the past


Department for International Development UKAID

Titre : A multi-isotope base map for Jordan : a tool for re-examining movement and community in the past

Pays : Jordanie

Numéro du projet : GB-GOV-13-FUND—Newton-AH_S011676_1

Organismes de mise en œuvre : Durham University

Durée : Actual Start 01 Feb 2019 // Actual End31 Oct 2021

Objectif partiel
This project has among its primary objectives the following two major research outputs : 1) Construction of a multi-isotope base-map for Jordan (87Sr/86Sr, 18O, 34S, 13C, 15N), comparable to the Biosphere Map of Britain. This would represent the first bioavailable multi-isotope map for any country in the Middle East. The data underlying the construction of this map will be made available as an online database, and map resources of spatial variability in bioavailable isotope values will also be made freely available online, to allow them to be used for future studies. 2) A case study that employs a deep-time approach to the history of mobility and community in Jordan, by analyzing human remains from multiple periods at a single site. For this purpose, we propose to focus upon Pella in the Jordan Valley, as a site with one of the longest sequences of human burials in Jordan. Pella thus offers a unique opportunity to act as long-term case study of changes in mobility. Through the production of these outputs, we aim to achieve the following indirect objectives : 1) Academic Capacity Building : Through a collaboration between Durham University and Yarmouk University, this project aims to make a major contribution to capacity building by creating a major piece of Jordanian research infrastructure. The multi-isotope base-map will be the first of its kind for any country in the Middle East, and will become an essential point of reference for all future isotopic analysis in the country. Limited access to analytical facilities has hampered previous isotopic research in Jordan, and we aim to ensure that the isoscape maps produced will be widely used by Jordanian archaeologists and researchers in other fields who do not have access to the resources necessary to create systematic isotope baselines for their areas of study. 2) Facilitation of Future Research : We believe that the creation of this dataset will position Jordan at the forefront of developments in isotope research, and will encourage more widespread adoption of isotopic techniques in Jordanian archaeology and in numerous other fields. More directly, we foresee that Yarmouk University’s large collections of skeletal material from other sites across the country provide a substantial opportunity for continuing similar isotopic research in future, building upon the established relationship between Durham University and Yarmouk University. 3) New Perspectives on Community and Mobility in the Past : Through the case study’s focus on the long-term development of communities at the important Jordan Valley site of Pella, this project aims to contribute to ongoing discussions about the nature and formation of past identities and communities in Jordan. By investigating the changing patterns of mobility and relative heterogeneity and diversity within the lifespan of one particular ancient Jordanian community, we hope to provide new perspectives to enrich public discourse and popular conceptions of community and identity in the past.

Financement : UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Project budget : £200,405

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