The Neolithic Village of Beidha - Little Petra
It is thought to have been occupied from 7200BC to 6500BC, which makes it one of the first settled villages in human history. Around that time the settlement burned down, and was, rebuild. After its reconstruction, it was only inhabited for a short while, before being totally abandoned. Remains of the houses and a retaining wall are still visible today.
They are remnants of one of the first transitions from semi-settled nomads to settled villagers and the start of an agrarian economy. At the Beidha Neolithic site, you can view scientific recon structure of what the Neolithic dwellings may have looked like.
Excavated in the 1950’s and 1960’ by Diana Kirk bride and is located within the protected area of the Petra Archaeological park. This site. Holds one of the oldest settlements in Jordan. During the Neolithic period, hunters and gatherers lived seasonally in this fertile and sheltered area. During the Neolithic period, between 8,330 and 7,000 B.C, a permanents village of farmers occupied Beidha and began the practice of agricultural and herding of domesticated goats and sheep.