Wadi Jilat

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Wadi el Jilat
Wadi Jilat is located in Jordan
Wadi Jilat
Shown within Jordan
Alternate name Qilat, Wadi Qilat
Location Amman Governorate
Region Jordan
Coordinates 31°30′06″N 36°24′29″E / 31.50167°N 36.40806°E / 31.50167; 36.40806Coordinates: 31°30′06″N 36°24′29″E / 31.50167°N 36.40806°E / 31.50167; 36.40806
Type Wadi
Area 150 square metres (0.015 ha) drainage catchment
Height 738 metres (2,421 ft) above sea level
Periods PPNB
Cultures Neolithic
Site notes
Archaeologists Andrew Garrard, Sue Colledge
Condition Ruins

Wadi Jilat is a seasonal stream (wadi) in the Badia of eastern Jordan. Part of its course runs through a steeply-incised ravine that retains water for much of the year, an unusual feature in the desert region.[1]

The area is known for its archaeological significance, including a still-functioning dammed reservoir that may date back as far as the Nabataean period,[2] and thirty two prehistoric sites discovered by Andrew Garrard in the 1970s–80s.[3]

Wadi el Jilat 7, an early Neolithic archeological site 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of Azraq in modern-day Jordan.[4] The earliest domesticated grains of einkorn wheat known to humanity were found at this site and radiocarbon dated to 9500–9200 BP (approx. 7500–7200 BC).[5]