Dhiban Excavation and Development Project


Life and work from a tell site in Jordan

Paleolandscape Assessment Award and Field School Information

From http://serc.carleton.edu/acm_face/dhiban/index.html:

A Collaborative Research project (Faculty Research) awarded to:

  • Dr. Katherine Adelsberger, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Knox College
  • Dr. Danielle Steen Fatkin, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Knox College

The FaCE grant awarded in spring 2009 provided funding for the first season in summer 2009 of an interdisciplinary project in Jordan to develop a paleolandscape assessment of Dhiban as part of the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project (DEDP), an established archaeological project in the area.

The interdisciplinary FaCE-related portion of this project involved a regional survey for paleoclimate proxies and water resources, detailed site-specific survey for previously undiscovered cisterns and occupational periods, and the training of undergraduate students.

The excavations are part of a broader project to develop “best practices” in archaeological scholarship through the integration of outreach, excavation and geoarchaeology, and the project would be the first step in the longer-term involvement of Knox College (and other ACM faculty and students) in the Dhiban Project.

As part of the work of the DEDP, we bring about 20 archaeology students from different institutions to participate in the project. We train them in archaeological field methods by rotating them through various learning stations, including excavation, materials processing, flotation, topographic survey and geologic survey. They are taught to dig, record, and analyze archaeological and geological materials. In addition, there are evening seminars on methods, theory, and history twice a week and two weekend field trips to major Jordanian archaeological sites during the season.

  • Field Season Dates: June 23 – August 8, 2010
  • Estimated Cost: $5,000 ($3,000 program fee + $2,000 airfare)
  • Application Deadline: December 15, 2009 (application must be received by this date)

For complete information and application materials, download the Student Application for 2010 DEDP Field Season (Acrobat (PDF) 106kB Nov24 09).


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Welcome to the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project Blog!

This blog is a collaboration between students at the University of California, Berkeley, Knox College, and the University of Liverpool. We hope to keep it updated with our impressions and findings from Tall Dhiban, an archaeological site in Jordan with evidence of 5,000 years of occupation, spanning the Bronze, Iron, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic Ages.  We will also be working and living in the neighboring town, which is also called Dhiban.

We hope that you’ll check back to see our progress over the summer!

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Photos from Dhiban