Khirbat Iskandar

June 7 – July 11, 2019

Early Bronze Age Caravan Stop

In the 3rd millennium B.C.E., a city flourished at the site of Khirbat Iskandar, situated on the famous caravan route, the King’s Highway, east of the Dead Sea in the Plains of Moab. Excavations have revealed occupation spanning the much of the Early Bronze Age (3700–1930 B.C.E.). 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 one of the few “tell” sites to include an extensive multi-phase EB IV settlement during this so-called “nomadic interlude” or “dark age” in the second half of the 3rd millennium B.C.E.

Excavations in 2019 will focus on the urban settlement primarily to extend our lateral exposure of the structures within the city. Excavation of the destruction level has already uncovered rooms filled with pottery, artifacts, botanical remains, and interesting features within the rooms. A “high place” was also excavated atop the summit of a mountain overlooking the site, which, along with the three cemeteries and remains of megaliths in the vicinity, denote a complex society and a town that spread further across the landscape than the 8-acre tell suggests.


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Geographic Location

Jordan, 30 miles south of Amman

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze Age, ca. 3500–2000 B.C.E.

Dates of the Dig

June 7 – July 11, 2019

Minimum Stay

Two weeks

Application Due

March 1, 2019

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits; $750/credit hour; awarded by Gannon University


The team will be lodged in a delightful hotel in the nearby town of Madaba with swimming pool, meals, workroom space—all within walking distance of downtown attractions (Madaba is the “Mosaic City”) and restaurants. The Camp fee includes all transportation and meals, except for personal touring of the country (there will be planned field trips, e.g., Petra, Wadi Rum, etc.).

Open For Tours

Yes — by appointment


$2,750 for the entire season


Dr. Suzanne Richard

Suzanne Richard, Ph.D., is Professor in the History and Archaeology Department as well as in the Theology Department at Gannon University. She is also the director of The Archaeology Museum Gallery at Gannon.

Dr. Jesse C. Long, Jr.

Jesse C. Long, Jr., Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Old Testament at Lubbock Christian University.

Dr. Marta D’Andrea

Marta D'Andrea, Ph.D., is an archaeologist at the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2007, she is also a member of the Italian Archaeological Expedition to Ebla, Syria.


Dr. Suzanne Richard
Gannon University
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Erie, PA 16541
Phone: (814) 871-5605
Fax: (814) 871-7652
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