AHMA Colloquium - Making Capitals in the Iron Age Levant: New Remotely Sensed Monumental Buildings in Ancient Edom (Jordan)
Lecture | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library
Benjamin Porter, UC Berkeley
This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The series is co-sponsored by the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.
Remote sensing technologies are among the oldest tools supporting the digital humanities. Geographic information systems, ground penetrating radar, and other tools have collected large amounts of digital data with which archaeological and historians can make inferences about the past. In this lecture, Porter describes the discovery of new monumental administrative buildings and domestic residences at the Iron Age capital of Busayra ancient Bozrah during a recent ground penetrating radar and magnetometor survey. This research dramatically expands our understanding of the political and economic development of the Kingdom of Edom and its relationships with neighboring Iron Age polities such as Ancient Israel and Moab. This evidence also sheds light on the ways that Iron Age Levantine elites built capitals such as Jerusalem, Dhiban, and Karkemish with a strategic eye toward promoting their legitimacy among their constituents.