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Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing, and Modelling. Final Publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project I

New publication by Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and Professor and Centre Director Rubina Raja (Aarhus University).

2020.11.19 | Mie Lind

Lichtenberger, A. & Raja, R. (eds.) (2020). Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing, and Modelling. Final Publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project I, Jerash Papers 6, Turnhout.

The first volume of the final publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project has just been published. The final publications from the project will make up the most comprehensive publication series on the archaeology of Gerasa, a Decapolis city in northern Jordan, since the 1938 publication edited by C. H. Kraeling. Furthermore, they underline the ground-breaking outcomes of the high-definition and full-quantification approaches, which were implanted throughout the project and highlights in which ways classical archaeology still has much to offer to the broader humanities in terms of cultural historical insights and new angles on historical events.

The ancient city of Gerasa (modern Jerash) has long attracted attention from travellers and scholars. This is both because of the longevity of the site as well as the remarkable finds uncovered during successive phases of excavation that have taken place from 1902 onwards. Between 2011 and 2016, a Danish-German team, led by Professor Achim Lichtenberger and Professor and Centre Director Rubina Raja, focused its attention on the Northwest Quarter of Jerash – the highest point covering about 4 hectares – within the walled city.

The new publication Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing, and Modelling. Final Publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project I is the first in a series of volumes presenting the team’s final results, analysis and synthesis of the finds from these campaigns in their fullest extent.

Covering different themes and categories of finds, the first volume focuses on the geophysical survey and other remote-sensing work undertaken in and around the Northwest Quarter. It also presents an in-depth discussion of the environmental studies performed at the site. This includes the geoscientific analysis carried out in various contexts, as well as radiocarbon dating, studies of both human and animal bones, and conclusions drawn from the archaeobotanical research. With this volume, the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project locates itself as a frontrunner on the publication scene within classical and Near Eastern archaeology.

At present, final publications volumes 2–4 are in press and 4 further volumes are in preparation. We look forward to presenting more new and exciting results soon. Until then the project’s more than 100 publications can be enjoyed – many Open Access.

Full reference

Lichtenberger, A. & Raja, R. (eds.) (2020). Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing, and Modelling. Final Publications from the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project I, Jerash Papers 6, Turnhout. 

For more information

The Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project

Full list of publications of the Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project

Brepols Publishers – Jerash Papers

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