THE CITY OF COPPER AXES: ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH,
RESTORATIONS AND TRAINING IN THE EARLY BRONZE AGE SITE OF KHIRBET AL-BATRAWY
Lorenzo Nigro, Department of Ancient World Studies, Sapienza
Monther Jamhawi, Department of Antiquities of Jordan
excavations, restorations and valorization, and training of local staff (2010-2012)
Introduction: The Discovery of the City of Batrawy
The city of Khirbet al-Batrawy represents a rare example of an early urban center arising in a peripheral
area of the ancient Near East at the dawn of urban civilization in the third millennium BC.
The discovery of Batrawy in 2004 by a Rome Sapienza Expedition, and the ﬁndings at the Royal Palace in 2009,
opened up new perspectives on the inhabitance and settlement of these fringe regions, especially in the
period before the domestication of the camel.