Volumes I and II not sold separately
Volume I - Synthesis
Volume II: Site Gazetteer and Pottery
This two-volume work presents the results of five seasons of fieldwork in the Tripolitanian pre-desert plateau, once a thriving settlement as the remains of ancient wall and farmsteads attest.
The desert margins of North Africa are extremely rich in archaeological ruins of the Roman period, evidence of dense settlement 2,000 years ago in what are now arid and hostile environments.
This book presents a detailed interdisciplinary study carried out by archaeologists, geographers and historians in a single region, (the basins of the Wadis Sofeggin and Zem Zem in Tripolitania, in northwestern Libya), as part of the UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey.The project's methodologies for studying the archaeology of arid-zone agriculture have been recognized internationally, and the results of their application to the study area have transformed our understanding of how the desert margins of North Africa were farmed in antiquity, with important implications for modern agricultural planning.
This first volume describes the principal results of the fieldwork and presents the analysis of a series of key questioons about the long-term history of exploitation of the pre-desert zone.