Petra Project

Late Bronze and Iron Age Copper Production

In antiquity, Petra was the hub of a vibrant trading network linking Arabia and the Mediterranean world, and the capital of the Nabataean kingdom that flourished from the 2nd century B.C. through the 1st century A.D. The 2015 field season will focus on excavations of the unique pool complex, analyzing clues from architectural and stratified material culture to pinpoint the date of its decline following the Roman annexation of Petra, and seeking evidence for the source of the pool’s water. In addition, the application of methods of garden archaeology will seek to uncover more subtle evidence for plantings, irrigation, and pathways. For more information visit the field school website at

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All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine prepared by local cooks. The daily diet in Jordan is heavily based on bread, hummus, rice, chicken, tomatoes and cucumbers. Vegetarians do well but will find options fairly limited. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult if not impossible to maintain in this remote location and cannot be catered to by the project. Serious food allergies can also be a problem. Nuts such as pistachios, almonds, pine nuts and peanuts are commonly incorporated into Middle Eastern dishes. Peanut butter is a popular mainstay in the excavation diet. Participants are required to drink bottled water only. This will be provided by the project through the duration of the field season.

Leigh-Ann Bedal

Leigh-Ann BedalDr. Leigh-Ann Bedal is an associate professor of anthropology at Penn State Behrend. She has participated in archaeological excavations in California, Israel, Iraq, Syria and Jordan, and is the director of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex excavation project in Petra, Jordan, a World Heritage Site.

Dig Directors

Leigh-Ann Bedal

Geographic Location

Petra, Jordan

Periods of Occupation

Roman period

Dates of the Dig

May 20 - June 20, 2015

Minimum Stay

Full duration of the field school

Application Due

April 18, 2015


$4,700 - cost includes tuition and room and board. Airfare not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

8 semester credit units (12 quarter units)


Fieldwork will be carried out at Petra, 150 miles southwest of Amman, the capital of Jordan. Students will be provided with lodging at the American Research Center (ACOR) while in Amman and will reside in a comfortable, but modest, dig house in Umm Sayhoun, a Bedouin village outside of Petra. Conditions at the dig house are basic and hot water is not always guaranteed. Students will share same-sex sleeping quarters, 2-4 per room, and will share communal rooms and bathrooms.


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