Madaba Plains Project-`Umayri

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Excavating and documenting Islamic burial
Lines of sifts at Tall al-`Umayri

Location: RIverside, California, United States

Season Dates: June 25, 2014 - July 30, 2014
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014


Program Type
Field school
Staff position

Affiliation: La Sierra University

Project Director: Douglas R. Clark, La Sierra University

Project Description

The 2014 excavations at Tall al-`Umayri represent the 17th season at the site. Over these years the `Umayri project has exposed a site first settled in the Early Bronze Age, well-defended in the Middle Bronze Age, represented in the Late Bronze Age by a well-preserved Temple, characterized by an impressive and well-preserved Iron I settlement with domestic and defensive structures, occupied during Late Iron II/Persian by an administrative complex with possible ties to an extensive wine-production network of small farms, and settled in the Hellenistic Period by a small farmstead. Excavation objectives for the 2014 season include 1) opening new fields, perhaps a defense-system trench down the southern slope of the site, 2) exposing defenses along the southern acropolis, and possibly 3) excavating more dolmens on the lower southeastern slopes.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze and Iron Ages

Project Size: 50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Half-season

Minimum Age: College/university students

Experience Required: No

Room and Board Arrangements

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Administration) Vocational School, Amman Training College, with very basic dormitory facilities. Board and room covered in excavation fee.

Academic Credit
Name of institution offering credit: La Sierra University, Canadian University College, Mount Royal University
Number of credits offered: Up to 12 quarter credits
Tuition: Package Plan

Contact Information
Douglas R. Clark
Center for Near Eastern Archaeology, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515
Phone: 951 785-2632
Fax: 951 785-2199

Recommended Bibliography

Douglas R. Clark, et al., Madaba Plains Project: Forty Years Excavating into Jordan's Past, 2011
Larry G. Herr and Douglas R. Clark, Near Eastern Archaeology, 72(2): 68-97, 2009, Amman, Jordan
Gloria A. London and Douglas R. Clark, Ancient Ammonites and Modern Arabs, 1997, Amman, Jordan


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