2013 Expedition

  • EXCAVATIONS AT KHIRBAT ISKANDAR, JORDAN

    MAY 24-JUNE 29

          

     KI 2013 Application Form

     KI 2013 Health Form

     KI 2013 Faculty Recommendation

     Jordan Security Clearance Form 

      Cass 2010  

    Application deadline: February 15, 2013

    Camp Fee for volunteers: $2550 for five weeks room & board.

    Minimum length of stay for volunteers is two weeks. Airfare is not included in the price, but we will have a group flight to keep down costs. There will be optional weekend trips, such as Petra/Wadi Rum and Jerahs to acquaint you with the exotic culture of Jordan. There will be an optional trip at the end of the dig, either to Israel or to Turkey. Volunteers will be housed in a delightful hotel in the nearby town of Madaba, two per room, meals, swimming pool and within walking distance of downtown. There are three academic credits offered for the field school, at a cost of $540/credit from Gannon University.

    Directors, Dr. Suzanne Richard (Gannon University) and Dr. Jesse. C. Long, Jr. (Lubbock Christian University). For more information, please contact Dr. Suzanne Richard at Gannon University MS#43, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541, (814) 871-5605; email: richard@gannon.edu; fax: (814) 871-7652.

    This coming expedition promises to be exciting as we continue to expose more of the important urban Early Bronze Age III settlement, continue to excavate the multiple phases of fortifications, and also explore more of the Early Bronze Age IV multiple settlements. We also intend to reinvestigate some of the cultic features in the vicinity of the site, including a "high place" that was excavated atop the summit of a mountain overlooking the site. Some important finds in past seasons: the only EB IV gate and one of the earliest bronze spearheads in the southern Levant; a range of artifacts and restorable vessels from two destruction levels.

    Khirbat Iskandar is situated on the famous caravan route, the King’s Highway, east of the Dead Sea in the Plains of Moab. Excavations since 1981 have revealed occupation spanning the entire Early Bronze Age (3500-2000 BCE). 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 and well-preserved multiphase EB IV settlement on the tell.