People and Birds Project
The People & Birds in the Southern Levant Project
The Jordan Valley/Wadi Araba provides a major migration route between Africa and Eurasia, resulting in spectacular spring and autumn flights of raptors, cranes and storks. That spectacle is likely to have been watched by people throughout the two million years of human settlement in the region. As evident from the historical record, birds were not only watched, but also drawn upon within imaginations, cultures and economies. As such, the current risks to avian biodiversity have serious implications for the fabric of human culture within the region.
The birds and people project wishes to explore this idea by examining the relationship between birds and people within the earliest sedentary communities of the southern Levant, those of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A period between c. 12,000 and 10,000 years ago.
A Tristram’s Starling in Dana Biosphere Reserve