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Dear colleagues, The Research Unit for Archaeology of the K.U.Leuven announces the second lecture of the Leuven Archaeological Research Seminar (LARS). When? Wednesday 10 November 2010 Time? 16.00 - 17.00 hours Where? Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Monseigneur Sencie-Institute 01.16 Erasmusplein 2 3000 Leuven May We Trust Archaeological Survey? Preliminary results of excavations in the Jordan Valley Dr. Eva Kaptijn (K.U.Leuven) During April and May 2010 excavations, funded by a Byvanck grant for archaeological research of Leiden University, have taken place in the Jordan Valley near Tell Deir 'Alla, Jordan. In contrast to what is the norm in Jordan the excavated sites were not tells, but flat surface sites that had been detected by the... Zerqa Triangle Survey. The aim of the fieldwork was to check the relationship between surface concentrations detected in survey and the buried mother population. It was expected to encounter an Early Bronze Age I village and it was hoped the excavations would determine what mode of subsistence was practiced by EBA I people and whether they used floodwater irrigation. However, instead of an EBA I village, excavation revealed natural river deposits and an Iron Age shaft tomb. In this paper it will be investigated whether we can stop archaeological survey altogether or whether the discrepancy between survey predictions and reality can be explained. Furthermore the results of the Late Chalcolithic village that was discovered after the excavation area was changed will be discussed.