Neolithic Village, Beidha, Jordan

Neolithic Village, Beidha, Jordan

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Caption: Excavation of an ancient neolithic village (10,000 years old) in Beidha, a major Neolithic archaeological site a few kilometres north of Petra near Siq al-Barid in Jordan. Beidha was first excavated by Diana Kirkbride in 1957 and later by Brian Byrd. There were 3 periods of occupation detected; the Natufian period in the 11th millennium BC, a Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) village with masonry construction in the 7th millennium BC, and a Nabatean period dating to the 1st or 2nd century BC.

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Keywords: ancient, archaeological, archaeology, beidha, city, excavation, historic, historical, history, jordan, middle east, middle eastern, neolithic, prehistoric, ruins, site, small petra, tourist attraction, travel destination, village

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