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BASONOVA is a non-sectarian society open to anyone who has an interest in biblical-era archaeology or the history of ancient times. During Covid we met exclusively by Zoom. We are now returning to meeting in-person at a variety of local Northern Virginia ethnic restaurants. Sharing group tables, we break bread with interesting people from all walks of life. We call ourselves a society because there is an important social aspect to our organization, which recently began its third decade.
Join us to listen to well-informed scholars and field archaeologists. Many of these lecturers have international reputations and educate us for an hour with richly illustrated images of their work.
Since the pandemic, we joined with our sister group in Maryland, BAF, to host a long season of twice-monthly virtual Zoom lectures. BASONOVA began in 1994 as an unofficial offshoot of Hershel Shanks' Biblical Archaeology Society and has grown to become a popular destination to meet a wide range of warm and thoughtful people interested in the biblical history and archaeology of ancient times.
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- Genius of Water Systems that Once Turned Petra GreenNeeds location
Lunch & Lecture - This event will be held at: Yayla Bistro - 2201 Westmoreland St. / Arlington, VA 22213. Luncheon at 2 pm; Lecture at 3 pm
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Speaker: Christian Cloke is Associate Director of Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland.
The site of Petra, famed for its monumental rock-cut tombs and named one of UNESCO's 7 modern wonders of the world, is located in an arid part of southern Jordan which today receives an annual rainfall under four inches.
In antiquity however, when Petra was a flourishing city of the Nabataean people (and eventually part of the Roman Empire), the surrounding hills were covered with gardens, growing grapes and other crops, and the city center was home to a public pleasure garden full of pools, fountains, and exotic plants. All of this was made possible by the Nabataeans' ingenuity, and their ability to capture rainfall, directing water to numerous cisterns around the city, while dams and canals in the hinterlands created an extensive agricultural landscape.
This presentation, based on excavation work in the heart of Petra, and archaeological survey on its outskirts, examines the ingenious ways in which the ancient Nabataeans of Petra harnessed water to create a lush and prosperous paradise in the desert.