Topic ID #37729 - posted 12/1/2016 4:41 PM

Jordan: Dhiban Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

This field school offers students the opportunity to excavate in one of Jordan’s most important historical sites. Tall Dhiban is located 40 miles south of Amman and 12 miles east of the Dead Sea. A mound of more than 30 acres in area and 130 feet in height, Tall Dhiban contains a fascinating record of some 6,000 years of human occupation. The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project (DEDP) has been working since 2004 to both understand it’s rich and complex archaeological record while preserving and developing this record as an economic and heritage resource for the future. The story of Dhiban is one of “boom and bust”, of rapid settlement growth and equally rapid contraction.  Excavations in 2012-13 uncovered a large domestic structure from this period that had been burned with its contents in place.  In 2017 we will excavate this large house, and document the rich record it contains of life in the 6th-7th centuries CE.

Program Director: Dr. Bruce Routledge, Dr. Katherine Adelsberger
Course Dates: July 6-August 10, 2017
Application Deadline: July 4, 2017
Tuition: $4,620
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units 

Accommodations: Our project base is in Madaba, a city of c. 80,000 (c. 1/3 Christian and 2/3 Muslim) 15 miles north of Dhiban with good tourist infrastructure, including restaurants, hotels, banks and a wide range of shops. Free WiFi is available in a number of cafes and internet USB dongles can be purchased in Madaba for your laptop or smartphone. Team members will sleep 3-4 per room in gender segregated apartments that have electricity, running water, showers and western-style toilets. Water is in short supply in Jordan, so all team members are expected to conserve water at all times. Breakfast is provided on site and a large lunch will be prepared each weekday by our (excellent) cook. Evening and week-end meals are less structured, with students free to eat food available in the project kitchen or purchase their own food in Madaba. Meals will be provided during field trips where appropriate. We can accommodate vegetarian diets as a matter of course. More strict dietary restrictions (vegan, kosher, allergies, lactose or gluten intolerance, etc.) are more difficult to accommodate and will need to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Dr. Routledge by email ( if you have any such dietary restrictions.

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