Paleolithic Archeology

One of the key economic transitions in prehistory was the development of agriculture, but the processes that led to this transformation are not yet well understood. WHEEP, directed by Penn's Dr. Deborah Olszewski and Jordan University's Dr. Maysoon al-Nahar, is excavating sites of hunter-gatherers who lived between 25,000 to 18,000 years ago. By gathering information about the degree to which hunter-gatherers living 10,000 years before agriculture were invested in wild cereals and other plant foods for daily sustenance, it will be possible to examine decisions about resource use that altered a mobile way of life focused on wild foods into settled villages dependent on domesticated foods. WHEEP is a joint partnership of Jordanians and non-Jordanians ranging from students to project directors.