Location: RIverside, California, United States
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Half-season
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.
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