The Jordan Valley continues to present many fascinating facets: a barrier as well as a demographic centre, a steppe as well as a fertile agricultural zone, and a region inhabited by a mix of different ethnic groups, cultures and ideas. This rich volume, written in honour of the Leiden archaeologist Gerrit van der Kooij, presents a wealth of research material from wide range of scholars. Chronologically and thematically diverse, the chapters include material on, among others, historical reports of the Zerqa Triangle; the palaeoecology of the Hula area; Khirbet Kerak Ware found at Jericho; the Jordan Valley during the Early Bronze Age; clay tablets of Tell Deir ‘Alla; a shrine model from Tel Kinrot; an anthropomorphic statue from Tell Damiyah; and sugar production in Jericho during the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. Also incuded is an overview of Dutch cultural and archaeological activities in Jordan during the last fifty years.
Eva Kaptijn is a postdoctoral researcher on the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project at Leuven University. Lucas Petit is an independent researcher and Near Eastern and African Archeaoligist.