This field school offers students the opportunity to excavate in one of Jordan’s most important historical sites. Tell Dhiban (also know as Tall Dhiban) is located 40 miles south of Amman and 12 miles east of the Dead Sea. A mound of more than 30 acres in area and 130 feet in height, Tell Dhiban contains a fascinating record of some 6,000 years of human occupation.
The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project (DEDP) has been working since 2004 to both understand it’s rich and complex archaeological record while preserving and developing this record as an economic and heritage resource for the future. The story of Dhiban is one of “boom and bust”, of rapid settlement growth and equally rapid contraction. Excavations in 2012–13 uncovered a large domestic structure from this period that had been burned with its contents in place. In 2017 we excavated the large house and documented the rich record it contains of life in the 6th–7th centuries CE.
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. Learn more >>