The Decapolis city of Gerasa is located in the Jarash valley in northern Jordan. The city rose to prominence as a provincial centre in the Roman-Byzantine period, although the first traces of human occupation in the valley date to the Lower Palaeolithic. There was a more permanent occupation in the valley in the Chalcolithic to Iron Age periods, with apparently continuous occupation in the Hellenistic to Early Islamic periods. The paper discusses the possible reasons for this extended period of occupation in the context of what is known of the palaeoenvironment and the archaeological record.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 25–29 April 2016, Vienna|
|Place of Publication||Wiesbaden|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
Boyer, D. D. (2018). Landscape archaeology in the Jarash valley in northern Jordan: A preliminary analysis of human interaction in the prehistoric and historic periods. In R. Salisbury (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 25–29 April 2016, Vienna (Vol. 2, pp. 223-236). Harrassowitz Verlag.