October 30: The Archaeology of Olive Oil


    ACOR Proudly Presents:

    Wednesday, October 30, 6pm at ACOR
    Reception to follow

    About the Lecture:

    In the mid 3rd millennium BCE, people abandoned their fortified “urban” settlements and dispersed across the countryside into small village sites. However, their rural way-of-life may have been more complex than traditionally understood. In particular, several small sites have been identified with monumental enclosure walls. Why defend such small settlements?

    Khirbet Ghozlan in the Wadi ar-Rayyan is one such site. New excavations test the hypothesis that it served as a specialized olive processing center that was enclosed to protect seasonally-produced caches of oil. This lecture presents recent discoveries including a storage complex, industrial production tools and – most importantly – the microscopic botanical remains associated with olive pressing.

    About the Lecturer:

    Dr. Jamie Fraser is Senior Curator at the Nicholson Museum (University of Sydney) and has worked on archaeological projects in Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kashmir, Greece, Cambodia, and the Solomon Islands. His book Dolmens in the Levant was awarded the G. Ernest Wright Award at the 2018 ASOR annual meeting. He currently directs the Khirbet Ghozlan Excavation Project in the Wadi Rayyan.

    You can watch a previous ACOR lecture by Dr. James Fraser entitled “The Visible Dead: Dolmens and the Landscape” via the following link: http://bit.ly/frasertomblecture

    Books on Sale

    Please note that the ACOR publication Megalithic Jordan: An introduction and field guide by Gajus Scheltema will be on sale at this event for the reduced price of 15JD (regular price 18JD). For more information about this and other titles, please click here.

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