Dissertation Weekly

7 04 2011

Every week I will post a sentence from my dissertation along with some background information.  So much of what I do seems unblogworthy (to coin a term).  The researching and writing is part of the daily grind of getting a dissertation done and while I wait for access to the DOJ warehouse it is all I have to do.  So this sentence will hopefully give a little insight into what I have been working on and the process I go through to pump out chapter after chapter.  Also, if anyone has a better name for this weekly post let me know, because apparently staring at LB sherds all day saps the creative part of your brain.  Without further ado, part one in a series:

In the Upper Cretaceous period the Baq’ah valley was a dome of Cenomanian-Turonian limestone (a formation predominantly featured in the hills around Amman); due to seismic activity along the previously mentioned anticline several wadis began to run through this dome and erode material leaving the Nubian Sandstone of the Kurnub Group exposed.

This sentence is part of the geology section of my historical geography chapter, tentatively title “A Gateway to Ammon: Safut in its Geographical Setting.”  Here I am explaining the geological context in which Tall Safut is located.  The site itself is actually situated on an outcropping of this hard Cenomanian-Turonian limestone overlooking the Baq’ah Valley.  This geological information is important because it helps to make sense of settlement.  The rock formations in an area affect the soil, hydrology, routes and by proxy agricultural production.  These details help form a larger picture of why people choose to settle in a certain location.

Blue is the Nubian Sandstone of the Baqah Valley and Green is Cenomanian/Turonian Limestone. Safut is located at their junction to the southern edge.

Update: As my father mentioned, technically it is two sentences.  A little fudging will be in order from time to time to make some contextual sense.