Join us as we explore the complex historical and contemporary culture of Jordan. 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 from a combination of the following courses: REST491/591, ARTH 279/479, UNHO 491( only available to University Honor Students). 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.
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
The Dead Sea, the lowest point on the face of the earth, and
Petra - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world