Khirbat al-Mudayna
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Shedding Light on Ancient Moab

After a decade of excavations at the site of Khirbat al-Mudayna, which is located on the Wadi ath-Thamad about 30 miles south of Amman, Jordan, the ruins have yielded some precious clues about life in Iron Age Moab, a region about which very little is known. Khirbat al-Mudayna belonged to a series of fortified sites along the Wadi ath-Thamad, which is east of the Dead Sea. These sites may have been located near the border between the Moabites and the Ammonites. Under the supervision of Professor Michèle Daviau, excavators have unearthed a six-chambered gate complex dating to Iron Age II, a small temple with limestone altars, and a large domestic area with a series of industrial buildings dedicated to the textile industry.

Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down

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.

Other important discoveries at the site include a Nabataean villa and early Roman-period reservoir, as well as a Neolithic village in the surrounding survey region. This season, Dr. Daviau will lead excavators in continued excavations on the industrial and domestic buildings of the site, as well as finish excavating a Nabataean villa.
Volunteers will stay 2-3 to a room in family-run hotels in nearby Madaba.

P.M. Michèle Daviau

P.M. Michèle DaviauDr. P. M. Michèle Daviau is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. Her latest research concerns sites in the Wadi ath-Thamad survey area that date to the Iron Age (Moabite culture) and the Roman period (Nabataean and Roman settlements and forts). Dr. Daviau has a special interest in religious iconography and in the tools of various crafts and industries.

Robert Chadwick

Dr. Robert Chadwick has taught the history and culture of the ancient near east at a number of colleges and universities in Quebec, Canada including John Abbott College, McGill University, Concordia University, Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University. He has excavated in England, the American southwest, Syria, and Jordan. Since 1998 he has helped direct the Wadi ath-Thamad Excavation Project in central Jordan.

Dig Directors

P.M. Michèle Daviau
Robert Chadwick

Geographic Location

30 miles south of Amman, Jordan

Periods of Occupation

Iron Age II and Nabataean - early Roman periods

Dates of the Dig

June 17-July 31, 2010

Minimum Stay

Full Season

Application Due

March 1, 2010


$2,200.00 for full season

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Yes - 6 credits
please contact for tuition price




Dr. P.M. Michèle Daviau
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3C5
Phone: 1-519-884-1970 ext. 6680
Fax: 1-519-884-8853

Open for tours

Yes - by appointment