Jordan • July 6 – August 10, 2017
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Explore Life in Iron Age Jordan
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 its 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 sixth–seventh centuries C.E.
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.
Periods of Occupation
Dates of the Dig
July 6 – August 10, 2017
July 4, 2017
Tuition includes cost of room and board
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
12 quarter (8 semester) credit units; $4,620 for the Field School; awarded by UCLA
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.
Open for tours
Yes — by appointment
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