Welcome to Barqa Landscape Project

About the Barqa Landscape Project

The Barqa Landscape Project is a multi-disciplinary archaeological project which is exploring the history of copper mining, smelting and production in the Faynan region of southern Jordan. The Barqa Project is the most recent phase of research carried out by Russell Adams, following on from initial research of the Wadi Fidan Project (1989–1993), and the subsequent joint research collaboration with T. Levy with the Jabal Hamrat Fidan Project (1997–2002). Since the pioneering work of R. Adams, other research in the region has expanded our understanding of the region from the end of the Pleistocene to the Middle Ages.

Since 2009 The Barqa Landscape Project has conducted four seasons of field research, with the first two in 2009 and 2010 sponsored by McMaster University and funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) standard research grant. The third (2013) and fourth (2014) seasons were sponsored and funded by grants from the University of Waterloo, supplemented by a variety of other small grants and volunteer contributions. The current research is sponsored by the University of Waterloo and funded by a four year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant program.