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Madaba Plains Project-`Umayri

Location: RIverside, California, United States

June 25, 2014 to July 30, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school
Staff position



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

Dolmen, defense system, temple, domestic structures, administrative center

Project size: 
50+ 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.

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
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: 

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