Khirbat Iskandar

Early Bronze Age Caravan Stop

In the third millennium B.C.E., a city flourished at the site of Khirbat Iskandar, situated on the famous caravan route, the King's Highway, east of the Dead Sea in the Plains of Moab. Excavations have revealed occupation spanning the entire Early Bronze Age (3500–2000 B.C.E.). Khirbat Iskandar is unique, since it appears to continue urban traditions following the collapse of urban life at the end of EB III. It is the only site to include an extensive multi-phase EB IV settlement on the tell.

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Excavations in 2016 will focus on the urban settlement primarily to extend our lateral exposure of the structures within the city. Excavation of the destruction level has already uncovered rooms filled with pottery, artifacts, botanical remains and interesting features within the rooms. A “high place” was also excavated atop the summit of a mountain overlooking the site. There are three cemeteries in the vicinity. The team will be lodged in a delightful hotel in the nearby town of Madaba, two per room, with meals, a swimming pool and within walking distance of downtown.

Dr. Suzanne Richard

Suzanne RichardSuzanne Richard, Ph.D., is Professor in the History and Archaeology Department as well as in the Theology Department at Gannon University. She is also the director of The Archaeology Museum Gallery at Gannon.

Dr. Jesse C. Long, Jr.

Jesse C. Long, Jr.Jesse C. Long, Jr., Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Old Testament at Lubbock Christian University.

Dr. Marta D’Andrea

Marta D’AndreaMarta D'Andrea, Ph.D., is an archaeologist at the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2007, she is also a member of the Italian Archaeological Expedition to Ebla, Syria.

Dig Directors

Dr. Suzanne Richard
Dr. Jesse C. Long, Jr.
Dr. Marta D’Andrea

Geographic Location

Jordan, 30 miles south of Amman

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze Age, ca. 3500–2000 B.C.E.

Dates of the Dig

June 24 – July 22, 2016

Minimum Stay

Two weeks

Application Due

February 15, 2016



Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits; $690/credit hour; awarded by Gannon University


The team will be lodged in a delightful hotel in the nearby town of Madaba, two per room, with swimming pool and within walking distance of downtown. All meals are covered.


Dr. Suzanne Richard
Gannon University
109 University Way
Erie, PA 16541
Phone: (814) 871-5605
Fax: (814) 871-7652

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment