Fieldwork in 2015

Previous research in the Jibal al-Khashabiyeh sector (2013 campaign) had identified the first set of kites in the desert margins of southeastern Jordan. These structures, characteristics of the occupation of the desert areas of the Middle East, consist of two long stone walls converging towards an enclosure on the route which a series of small circular structures are managed. Although they have been very little depth of field research including excavations, the most common interpretation of kites is that of structures related to the hunting of wild herds of gazelles. The kites were known in Jordan as far in the northeast of the country. Their discovery in the southern zone was therefore a unique result of our research that needed to be continued and deepened in this sector. The study of these structures further allows for a comprehensive approach on the issue of changing role of animal resources in the early history. During the 2013 campaign, a detailed documentation has been developed, including the use of aerial photography and photogrammetric processing, enabling the production of plans and surveys of kites and registration of structures in the topography. The study highlighted similarities with the amenities of kites known in the northeastern badia. A common characteristic is particularly the organization of kites in a string almost continuous over several kilometers. In the case of the al-Jibal Khashabiyeh sector, are at least 10 kites that have been identified, comprising a chain of nearly 20 km in length.