Madaba Plains Project-`Umayri

Location: Jordan

June 22, 2016 to July 27, 2016

Session dates: 
Five-week session begins Wednesday, 22 June, and ends Wednesday, 27 July, 2016.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school
Staff position



La Sierra University In consortium with Andrews University (School of Architecture)(MI), Burman University (Canada), Mount Royal University (Canada), Pacific Union College (CA), Walla Walla University (WA)

Project Director:

Douglas R. Clark, La Sierra University

Project Description

The 2016 excavations at Tall al-`Umayri represent the 18th season at the site. Over these years the `Umayri project has exposed a site first settled in the Early Bronze Age (including an intact dolmen burial installation), 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 agricultural center. Excavation objectives for the 2016 season include 1) excavating Iron II (Ammonite) areas of the site, 2) continuing work on the southern defense system, 3) exploring for more dolmens on the lower southeastern slopes, and 4) utilizing the latest technology (UAV, 3D photogrammetry, GPS, etc) for permanent recording of features.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze and Iron Ages

Dolmen, defense system, domestic structures, administrative center, Ammonite material culture, technology

Project size: 
25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Half-season

Minimum age: 
College/university students

Experience required: 

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.

$2,795 for full season $1,795 for half season

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
La Sierra University, Burman University, Mount Royal University
Number of credits offered Up to 12 quarter credits
Package Plan


Contact Information
Douglas R. Clark
Center for Near Eastern Archaeology, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway
951 785-2632
951 785-2199
Recommended Bibliography: 

Larry G. Herr and Douglas R. Clark, Near Eastern Archaeology, 72(2): 68-97, 2009, Amman, Jordan

Douglas R. Clark, et al., Madaba Plains Project: Forty Years Excavating into Jordan's Past, 2011

Gloria A. London and Douglas R. Clark, Ancient Ammonites and Modern Arabs, 1997, Amman, Jordan