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Dr. Barbara Reeves presents paper at ASOR 2018 Annual Meeting

Prof. Barbara Reeves presented a paper (see title and abstract below) and co-chaired the three Archaeology of Jordan sessions at the American Schools of Oriental Research’s (ASOR’s) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, Nov. 14-18, 2018.

Stepping into History: A Contextual Analysis of the Footprint Images in Humayma’s Hills and Roman Fort
The archaeological site of Humayma in southern Jordan retains traces of human occupation dating from the Upper Paleolithic period until the present day. Notable among the occupational remains are a Roman fort, the Nabataean through early Islamic settlements, and a variety of activity areas on the adjacent hills and ridges. Three decades of excavation and survey across the site, targeting different chronological periods, have revealed a great deal about the material culture, behaviors, and belief systems of Humayma’s past occupants. This makes Humayma an excellent site for contextual interpretations. Footprint images provide a pertinent case study. Although deliberately displayed images of human footprints are common across the world in time periods ranging from prehistoric to modern, their placement at Humayma can be related to particular locations and particular time periods. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the types of footprint images at Humayma, their specific locations, and their meaning for their creators and/or displayers and for those who subsequently viewed them. As will be shown, although some footprint images at Humayma likely predate the foundation of the Nabataean town and others were created in the 20th century, there are significant groups of images associated with the Roman fort, with one particular site in the hills, and with Humayma’s Nabataean, Roman, and Byzantine periods of occupation.

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