5th Experimental Archaeology Conference Poster Abstract – Pascal Flohr

From the 5th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Reading, 2011

Building with mud: reconstruction of a WF16 PPNA building

Pascal Flohr

Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
With: Catherine Douglas, Bill Finlayson, Mohammed Najjar, Nick Pankhurst, Ben Sharp & Dan Wheeler

Recent excavations at the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA) site of WF16 (11,600–10,200 BP), in the south of Jordan have uncovered a number of semi-subterranean elliptical structures consisting of pits lined with pisé walls. One structure had been burnt down and contained evidence regarding how their roofs were made of wood, reeds and mud. Using this information a replica was built to understand better how these buildings were constructed and used, as well as to show the public what a PPNA structure would have looked like. This poster shows the process of reconstruction and presents initial conclusions on the construction process.
We thank the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for permission to excavate at WF16 and for assistance with the excavation. We also thank the Arts & Humanities Research Council for funding the 2008–2010 excavation (AH/E006205/1).

Further information:

Pascal Flohr, Bill Finlayson, Steven Mithen and Mohammad Najjar 2011: Building with mud: Reconstructing a PPNA pisé building, CBRL Bulletin 6: 52-53

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