Historical socio-economic and xeriscape plants at Tall Hisban, Jordan
Xeriscaping is a method of landscaping born out of necessity because of environmental extremes in regions of the U.S and the world. Landscape architects have begun to explore the indigenous plants of such arid regions as the primary source with which to create landscape gardens for such environmental conditions. These plants exhibit a greater tolerance to temperature extremes and minimal rainfall than non-native, traditional landscape plants do.
This application seeks funding to allow the principal investigator and three student researchers to spend three weeks during the month of May, inventorying and identifying native and introduced plants in and around the archaeological site of Tall Hisban in Jordan. The team, which is part of the Jordan Field School, will photograph and document the characteristics of these plants and ultimately key out the plants to identify them, just as one might for a herbarium.
Three important outcomes are projected for the proposed research.