Keshia A. N. Akkermans

Keshia A. N. Akkermans
Leiden University | LEI · Faculty of Archaeology

Master of Arts


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Archaeologist graduated from Leiden University, focusing on the archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Currently working on publishing the Late Bronze Age burial practices of Tell Sabi Abyad, northern Syria. Other research revolves around weapon depictions on the Safaitic rock art of Jordan's Black Desert.


Publications (4)
Until recently, little was known about the Safaitic rock art of the Black Desert in northern Arabia. This chapter presents the results of the first study of the scenes and of the material culture, the weaponry, depicted in the scenes. It investigates what the scenes can tell us about the rock art and the societies that created it. Through a detaile...
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The Safaitic rock art of Jordan’s Black Desert is a fascinating yet under-examined subject. In this contribution, I discuss the representations of weapons in the rock art of the Jebel Qurma region in north-east Jordan. Additionally, I will give an overview of the material evidence of weaponry produced by recent excavations in the region’s burial ca...
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Winner of the 2020 ARCHON Day Poster Presentation Prize.
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Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 50, 1-17. Burial cairns dot the basaltic uplands of north-eastern Jordan, yet these graves have never been investigated systematically. This situation is now changing. Current excavations in the Jebel Qurma region, close to the borders of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have focused on the numerous cairns as...


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