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
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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