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Archaeology of Jordan Discussed

Archaeologist Gary Rollefson To Give Regent's Lecture At UC Riverside Jan. 9

(January 3, 2003)

A research site at Petra, Jordan

A research site at Petra, Jordan

Archaeologist Gary O. Rollefson, a Regent’s Lecturer, will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 9, in 1350 Watkins Hall of the University of California, Riverside on “The Life and Death of the Neolithic Towns of Jordan."

Rollefson, a visiting professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, will talk about his work at the Central Settlement of 'Ain Ghazal, near Amman, Jordan, but will draw also on the development of other major Neolithic towns in the area.

Rollefson is considered one of the leading authorities on Near Eastern prehistory. He is the author of more than 120 articles and chapters, and editor of several books on the archaeology and prehistory of the ancient Near East. His visit during Winter Quarter is sponsored by the UC Riverside Department of Anthropology.

The talk is free, but parking costs $5.

Rollefson earned his Ph.D. in 1978 at the University of Arizona. Since then, his major teaching positions have been at Yarmouk University (Jordan), San Diego State University, Heidelberg University, and Whitman College.
Further information about the talk is available from Valerie D. Smith, (909) 787-5524.


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