Your time in Jordan will be divided between excavation
days at our site, ‘Ayn Gharandal, and travel days when you visit historical,
religious, and cultural sites throughout the country. During the excavation week you will spend mornings digging a Roman fort and bathhouse, afternoons
processing finds in the archaeology lab, and evenings participating in lectures
on archaeology, history, religious culture, and the modern Middle East.
NB: This is a physically rigorous program. You must be in good health as excavation work requires a great deal of physical energy.
Students will earn 6 credits in REST491/591 and ARTH 279/479. As a student in the Dig Jordan program you will be
studying the ancient world while learning about the modern Middle East. Your study involves participation in all aspects of
archaeological field work, which takes up 10 hours of each day throughout the
week. You will also have the opportunity to learn in the classroom, attending
evening lectures and discussion sessions led by specialists in archaeology,
history, religion, and art history. In addition, you will be led by scholars
through important sites of ancient and modern Jordan, with days devoted to
travel at the beginning and ending of the trip as well as on most weekends.
In the first and last days of the trip you will be
housed at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman where you will come
into contact with scholars and students from around the world. You will spend
much of your time in the city of Aqaba on the coast of the Red Sea, where
faculty, staff, and students stay together in a local hotel. Food is
facilitated primarily by local Aqaba chefs who prepare 4 meals per day that we
eat as a group either in the field or in Aqaba. Two weekends will be spent
outside of Aqaba camping at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum and staying at a hotel
in Wadi Musa next to the ancient site of Petra.
Travel is an integral part of your experience in the
Dig Jordan program. Students will visit sites such as:
Bethany on the Jordan, the possible baptism site described in the
New Testament gospels
The King Abdullah
Mosque in Amman
Sea, the lowest point on the face of the earth, and
Petra - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world