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Shkarat Msaied Neolithic Project

Shkārat Msaied Neolithic Project

Welcome to the website for the Danish excavations at Neolitic Shkarat Msaied, Southern Jordan. The site which is located approx. 16km north of Wadi Musa/Petra has been excavated since 1999.

The name of the site was transcibt in various ways through the time. Here a (incomplete) list of known variations: Eshkaret Emsa’ad: Palmer 1871; Shaqaret M’siad: Kirkbride 1966; Šaqarat Masiyād: Gebel 1984; Šaqqārat Muşa’id: Gebel 1986; Šaqarat Maş’ad: Gebel 1986; Shaqarat Musai’id: Gebel 1988; Sqart Mesei’id/ esh-Karat Umm Sa’id: Lindner & Genz 2000; Shaqarat Mazyad: Kaliszan et al. 2001; Shaqarat Mas'ad: Lindner 2003; Shkārat Msaied: Kinzel 2005, Hermansen et al. 2006; Shakārat al-Musay’id: Jensen et al. 2005(modified by the DoA). With the kind assistance of our representative of the 2004 season Mr. Hani Falahat, inspector of the Department of Antiquities, Ma´an region, we agreed upon the transcription of the name as it is used here:  شکارۃ مسیعد /Shkārat Msaied. The meaning of the site name is a small plot of land assigned to a poor man by the local land owner.

The project has been realised with the support and co-operation of:
The Department of Antiquities in Jordan
(Petra Archaeolgocial Park and Cultural Heritage)
(Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority)
Carlsberg Foundation (2003-2005)
Danish Institute in Damascus (2014)