Topic ID #40665 - posted 2/11/2019 4:38 AM

New 2019!! Archaeological Fieldwork in the ancient city of PETRA (Petra – Jordan)


1.General Information

Petra prospered in the first centuries BC and AD and was the capital of the Nabatean Empire. It was a major trading route of incense, myrrh and spices connecting ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire by Trajan in 106AD, until its abandonment in the early 8th century.

Petra is a fascinating and beautiful ancient city located in south western Jordan. The Nabateans buried their dead in intricate tombs -Bab Al Siq, Al Khazna, The Royals Tombs- which were cut out of the mountain sides. The city had also the temples -Qasr al-Bint, Great Temple, Ad Deir- a theatre, a colonnaded street and churches following the Roman annexation and later the Byzantine influence.

The Treasury (Al Khazna) is the most significant façade. It is almost 40 meters high and decorated with Corinthian capitals. The Treasury is crowned by a funerary urn constructed in the first century BC. The Monastery (Ad Deir) is one of the largest monuments in Petra and was used for the meetings of religious associations. The Monastery dates to the early 2nd century AD. 

Petra is an UNESCO world heritage site since 1985, and it was announced as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools has just been given the amazing opportunity to expand the Sanisera field school to Petra, Jordan. At the site of Hirbat Braq on collaboration with the Petra Archaeological Park (Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority) and Al-Hussein Bin Talal University (Petra College for Tourism & Archaeology).

The site Hirbat Braq is approximately located 2km to the south east of Petra and 1km to the south of the out skirts of the town Wadi Musa, its highest point is at 1338m and its lowest point is at 1316m above the sea level. Hirbat Braq covers an area of 1.5 hectares. Hirbat Braq has a important presence of ceramic from the occupation of the Nabataean Kingdom, Roman and Byzantine empires, dating from the 3rd century BC to the early 8th century AD. The many structural remains of the site include a temple in the middle of the site, numerous stone wall terraces and cisterns that have collapsed over the time. The study of this site will help us greatly to understand and reconstruct the human occupation and traffic on the outskirts of the Petra and the trade in the region.

2. What you will learn

2.1. In the Fieldwork:

§  How to dig and which archaeological techniques are used.

§  Use and handling of the tools that are used during the excavation process.

§  Basic principies of stratigraphy.

§  Recording the data obtained during the excavation using the Harris Method.

§  Practice on the recognition of archaeological materials and finds.

§  GPS use for GIS positioning of the different archaeological study elements.

§  Basic procedures for sample collection.

2.2. In the Laboratory

§  Study and typological classification of organic and inorganic materials recovered: ceramic, glass, metals, faunal or human remains, among others.

§  Relative dating based on the classification of archaeological objects discovered in stratigraphic sequence.


2.3. Theory

§  Theories and practices in archaeology

§  Archaeology for the Nabataean civilization.

§  History, archaeology, economy and culture of the Nabatean and Roman civilization.

§  Introduction to the History and Archaeology of the Petra Site.


3. Directed at

The training provided in this course and experience can strengthen the university students’ ability to perform in an archaeological professional level, being directed to both participants, with or without previous archaeological experience. The student will be able to learn from basic principles of archaeological excavations and laboratory research, without any previous experience required.

You can learn from the beginning excavation techniques and methodology. During the excavation you will find archaeological remains from the classical period including Roman pottery, amphorae, glass, etc. that you will learn how to identify in the laboratory. 

The comprehensive experience that you will gain in this course will help you to decide if you want to pursue archaeology in university or as a profession.  

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

4. Field School life & language

The fieldwork focuses on Classical archaeology, and specifically on Roman archaeology.

On a normal working day at the Field School, students wake up in the morning and have breakfast at the students’ residence before the staff members pick them up with the vans. Once there, students devote 4 hours to fieldwork, where they learn proper excavation techniques to improve their skills, while they dig in different buildings in an area of the city. 

During fieldwork students recover the materials located in the rooms and other contexts, including tons of Roman ceramics such as amphorae and fine wares, glass wares, faunal remains and metal pieces such as adornments, tools and coins.

After fieldwork we go to the Field School center, where students have a sandwich break to get some energy back! Our center holds the laboratories, where students work with the Roman pottery found on site. The main aim is to wash, label, classify and prepare the materials’ inventories. Also, students are given lectures on Roman pottery typologies (both for amphorae and fine wares), History of the site, archaeological practice and methodology and Classical History.

Digging at the Roman city of Petra is a first-hand experience to get an insight on the Classical world.

It runs 7 hours a day, and is divided between excavation, lab work, exercises, and lectures. For every seven course days, there are two days off. The course is taught in English.

5. Certificates

At the end of the Field Program, students will receive a certificate of participation stating the hours and activities of the course. Participants that perform exceedingly well in the course may receive a letter of recommendation from our organization upon request.



6. Sessions & Cost




Session #1

2019 | July 14th - July 29th 

$ 2450

Session #2

2019 | August 1st - August 16th

$ 2450

Session #3

2019 | August 19th - September 3rd

$ 2450



Registration Deadline: April 10th, 2019

7. Course fee includes

  • Course tuition.
  • Accommodation in the Student Residency in The Petra College for Tourism & Archaeology. Two to four people per room.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Accident insurance at the site.
  • Excursion day to visit The Petra Archaeological Park.
  • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological fieldwork.
  • Certificate of participation.

·       * You won’t need any visa to join this program. You will only need to pay a tax ($40) at the airport once you arrive in Jordan.

*You won’t need any visa to join this program. You will only need to pay a tax ($40) at the airport once you arrive in Jordan.

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Amman (Code AMM, International Airport of Jordan).

8. Spaces available

The course is limited to 12 participants per session. Having smaller groups allow us to focus more on each student and its needs. Reservations are only effective when payment of the registration fee is received. If for any reason the course is cancelled, payment is returned according to the field school refund policy.


9. Information and reservations



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