2004 & 2018 Grant Recipient
The Pre-pottery Neolithic A Site of Zahrat Adh-'Dhra 2 and the Dawn of Farming by the Dead Sea - 2018 grant award
Wadi Hammeh 27: An Early Natufian Settlement at Pella in Jordan - 2004 grant award
Dr. Phillip C. Edwards teaches in the Department of Archaeology & History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His major research interests include developments in the Levant leading up to the origins of farming and the first villages. For the past 35 years he has specialised in the prehistoric archaeology of the east Jordan Valley. There he has excavated a series of Lower, Middle, Upper Palaeolithic, Epipalaeolithic sites and Neolithic sites, spanning the period between 500,000 and 9,000 years ago. His current research is focused on the analysis and publication of the early farming community at Zahrat adh-Dhra‘ 2 in Jordan, with the aid of a new White-Levy publication grant. He also directs the ‘Ice Age Villagers of the Levant: sedentism and social connections in the Natufian period’ project, which seeks to better understand how hunter-gatherer communities settled in the first villages towards the end of the Pleistocene.