Khirbat al-Mudayna in the Wadi ath-Thamad

Wadi ath-Thamad Project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Prof. Dr. P. M. Michèle Daviau, Director and Chief Archaeologist

Prof. Dr. Robert Chadwick, Co-Director

Prof. Dr. Michael Weigl, Co-Director

The Wadi ath-Thamad is affiliated with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman

The Wadi ath-Thamad Project is an international research project working in northern Moab with a senior staff of senior scholars and advanced students from Canada, the United States, The Netherlands and Austria. Research is an ongoing endeavor, and was supplemented with summer seasons of excavation, regional survey, and research. During most field seasons, students had the opportunity to complete their field school requirement as members of the excavation team. Pottery and samples are housed at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Near Eastern Archaeology lab and storage area.

Tell Khirbat al-Mudayna.  Photo by D. Kennedy and R. Bewley / APAAME; used with permission.

Tell Khirbat al-Mudayna. Photo by D. Kennedy and R. Bewley / APAAME; used with permission.

A short outline of the history of the project:

1995    Surface survey at Khirbat al-Mudayna on Wadi ath-Thamad

1996    Wadi ath-Thamad International Project begins; Daviau, Project director

J.A. Dearman, (Austin Theological Seminary, Austin, TX), Survey Director

1996‒1999 field seasons

1997    R. Chadwick (Cégep John Abbot College), Assistant Director

1997    Support from Prof. J. P. J. Olivier (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

1998    Dr. C. M. Foley (U. of Saskatchewan) becomes Survey Director

1999    Dr. Margreet Steiner (Leiden), Dr. Noor Mulder-Hymans (U. of Maastricht) and Ms. Laura Foley join team

1999    Daviau receives SSHRC grant

2000    Study Season

2001    Dr. Margaret Judd, bioanthropologist (U of Pittsburgh) rejoins team

2001    Field season

2002    Study Season

Dr. Margreet Steiner receives grant to study Khirbat al-Mudayna pottery in Waterloo, ON

2003    Field season at WT-13

Dr. Michael Weigl (Catholic U., Washington, DC; currently, University of Vienna) joins team

2004‒2008 field seasons

2005    Daviau receives SSHRC grant

2008    Dr. Steiner comes to Waterloo to study ceramics; C. J. Gohm studies metal weapons from Tall Jawa and Khirbat al-Mudayna ath-Thamad in Near Eastern Archaeology lab in Waterloo

2009    Study Season; 13 colleagues from the Wadi ath-Thamad Project come to Laurier in June and undertake one week of intensive processing of our field records and our finds and engage in future planning for the next three years. Dr. Maria-Louise Sidoroff, Noor Mulder Hymans and Mechthild Ladurner come to Waterloo in July–August to process Nabataean pottery from Khirbat al-Mudayna and the Regional Survey.

2010–2012      Excavation: Full field seasons, 25–50 team members and 17 local workers

2013    Processing season in Jordan, Dr. M. Weigl

2014    Processing season in Jordan, Dr. Robert Chadwick

Dr. Maria-Louise Sidoroff studies Nabataean pottery in Waterloo

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Tell Khirbat al-Mudayna.  Photo by D. Kennedy and R. Bewley / APAAME; used with permission.

Tell Khirbat al-Mudayna. Photo by D. Kennedy and R. Bewley / APAAME; used with permission.