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Wanderings in the Wilderness: Surveys in the Wadi Itm and along the Hejaz Railway of Southern Jordan

David Thorpe, Great Arab Revolt Project

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For the last seven years the Great Arab Revolt Project (GARP) has reconnoitred, surveyed, excavated and collected anthropological data along the length of the Hejaz Railway from Ma’an to Mudawarra. Initially, the project was inspired by T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the account of the 1916-18 Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire. What was actually found has astounded us all. So much so that a sister project within GARP, the Wadi Ytm Archaeological Survey (WYAS), in the area to the immediate north of Aqaba, was set up in early 2010. Together GARP and WYAS are readdressing the way that conflict archaeology is expressed outside of its traditional heartland of the Western Front—examining a conflict landscape within a landscape that is still contested today. This lecture will focus on the projects of late 2010 and spring of 2011 to bring GARP’s recent wanderings in the southern Jordanian wilderness to life.

David Thorpe, MA: Field Director Great Arab Revolt Project

A joint lecture with the CBRL & BFSA

Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, The British Museum, at 4:00 p.m.

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