Explore Life in Iron Age Jordan

This field school offers students the opportunity to excavate in one of Jordan’s most important historical sites. Tell Dhiban (also know as 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, Tell Dhiban contains a fascinating record of some 6,000 years of human occupation.

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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 excavated the large house and documented the rich record it contains of life in the 6th–7th centuries CE.

Dig Directors

Bruce Routledge
Katherine Adelsberger
Katherine Adelsberger

Geographic Location

Dhiban, Jordan

Periods of Occupation

Iron Age

Dates of the Dig

July 5 – August 8, 2018

Minimum Stay

6 weeks

Application Due

April 20, 2018


Tuition includes cost of room and board

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

8 semester credit units; $4,510 for the Field School; awarded by Institute for Field Research/Connecticut College


Our project base is in Madaba, a city 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 cook. Students are free to eat food available in the project kitchen or purchase their own food in Madaba for evening and weekend meals. Meals will be provided during field trips where appropriate. We can accommodate vegetarian diets. 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 (bruce.routledge@liv.ac.uk) if you have any such dietary restrictions.


Miriam Bar-Zemer
2999 Overland Ave #103
Los Angeles, CA 90064
United States
Phone: 877-839-4374
Email: info@ifrglobal.org

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment