Fallahin and nomads on the margins of Bilad al-Sham

Start: Apr 23, 2013 06:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

CBRL Crystal Bennett Memorial Lecture on Population dynamics and land use from Byzantium to the Crusades

Claudine Dauphin and Mohamed Ben Jeddou (CNRS) will give the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) 25th anniversary Crystal Bennett Memorial Lecture at the Institute on 23 April.  

Professor Dauphin and Dr Ben Jeddou's lecture is entitled 'Fallahin and nomads on the margins of Bilad al-Sham: Population dynamics and land use from Byzantium to the Crusades' and all are welcome.


From the twilight of Byzantine rule to the demise of the Crusader Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, covering a large semi-arid zone, Bilad al-Sham was the setting for various modes of interaction between agriculturalists and nomads between the late sixth and late twelfth centuries: infiltration, semi-sedentarisation, sedentarisation, reversal to nomadism, and temporary settling for the servicing of pilgrims on the Dharb al-Hajj. Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in combination with archaeological data and historical sources to follow the fluctuations of the ‘Man-Environment’ and ‘Nomadism-Sedentarism’ relationships, a new geo-spatial approach applied to Landscape Archaeology attempts to capture the diachronic population dynamics of Southern Jordan, to detect and trace changes at play in the landscape of arable lands and desert, and the consequent adaptation of local populations of fallahin and nomads.


Professor Claudine Dauphin and Dr Mohamed Ben Jeddou are based at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at ‘Orient et Méditerranée – Monde byzantin’ in Paris.  Prof Dauphin is also Honorary Professor in Archaeology and Theology at the Universities of Wales (University of Trinity St David’s, Lampeter).

An informal reception will follow the lecture. Any enquiries about the event should be directed to Andrew Garrard.

The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) is the British Academy sponsored society for research into the humanities and social sciences in the Levant.