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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Urban-Riverine Hinterland Synergies in Semi-Arid Environments: Millennial-Scale Change, Adaptations, and Environmental Responses at Gerasa/Jerash
Author(s): Lichtenberger, Achim
Raja, Rubina
Heldaas Seland, Eivind
Kinnaird, Tim
Simpson, Ian A
Keywords: riverine landscapes
urban hinterlands
semi-arid regions
environmental change
Issue Date: 2019
Date Deposited: 25-Jun-2019
Citation: Lichtenberger A, Raja R, Heldaas Seland E, Kinnaird T & Simpson IA (2019) Urban-Riverine Hinterland Synergies in Semi-Arid Environments: Millennial-Scale Change, Adaptations, and Environmental Responses at Gerasa/Jerash. Journal of Field Archaeology, 44 (5), pp. 333-351.
Abstract: This interdisciplinary study addresses issues of urban-riverine hinterland relationships in semi-arid environments over millennia at Gerasa/Jerash in Jordan, presenting research that stimulates new lines of enquiry with much broader implications than those relating to this single site. Through the presentation of new data on wadi-sediment responses to social and environmental change, we assess ways in which urban settlements, their hinterlands, and rivers interact over long time periods and how such changes may be read together with historical sources and shed new light on urban-hinterland dynamics. We explore the hypothesis that synergistic relationships between an urban core and its hinterland are essential to the long-term sustainability of both. Our integrated approach gives new insight into settlement dynamics and resource use and carries implications for our understanding of the present through the past.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00934690.2019.1625619
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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