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Jennifer Ramsay

PhD, Simon Fraser University
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

 Ramsay 2014 Ramsay working at Petra

Spring 2016 Class Schedule:

Ant. 202 - Introduction to Archaeology:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:45 am (Syllabus)
Ant. 343 - Archaeology Methods
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 12:15 pm (Syllabus)

Ant. 344 - New World Prehistory
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 - 3:15 pm (Syllabus

Spring 2016 Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12: 15 pm - 2 pm


Office: C-13 B Cooper Hall
Office Phone: (585) 395-5706
Curriculum vitae:
Ramsay CV

Courses Taught:

  • ANT 202 - Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 343 - Old World Archaeology
  • ANT 344 – New World Archaeology
  • ANT 384 - Methods in Anthropological Archaeology
  • ANT 462/52 - Museum Internship
  • ANT 448 - Roman Archaeology
  • ANT 449 - Greek Archaeology
  • ANT 465/565 -  Environmental Archaeology
  • Summer fieldschool in Petra, Jordan and Legio, Israel

Areas of Specialization

Archaeobotany, subsistence reconstruction, trade patterns, environmental change and land-use patterns.

Current Research Projects

I have worked on several multi-disciplinary projects, for example in Israel I worked with the Combined Caesarea Expeditions, the Excavations at Khirbet Qana and the site of Shivta; in Italy I have worked on material from the excavations at Horace’s Villa, the Kaucana project and the Nordic Excavations at Nemi, Julius Caesar’s Villa.

I am currently applying a center/periphery theoretical model to the analysis of botanical remains analyzed from several sites in Jordan such as Petra, Humeima, Bir Madhkur, Ayn Gharandal and Roman Aqaba. Specifically I am interested in questions related to agricultural land-use practices in arid environments. This research will also provide information on ancient water conservation in a desert environment that could then be shared with current governmental agencies in the hopes of once again making sustainable agricultural possible in the region.

Since 2008 I have been working with students as the archaeological fieldschool director or assistant site director on sites in Jordan, such as Petra, Bir Madhkur and 'Ayn Gharandal. In the summer of 2008 I was the assistant director and field school director for the Bir Madhkur Excavation and Survey project in Jordan sponsored by George Washington University. In 2009,2011 & 2013 I was the fieldschool director for the Petra Garden and Pool Complex in association with the Behrend College, Penn State Erie, in 2010 I was the fieldschool director for an ethnographic and archaeological fieldschool at several sites in Jordan and excavations at ‘Ayn Gharandal and in 2012 and 2014 I was the assistant director of the Petra North Ridge Project.

Jennifer Ramsay at the Monastery Tomb in Petra  Ramsay at Shivta, Israel

Selected Publications

Ramsay, J. H and N. Mueller. (forthcoming) Telling Seeds: Archaeobotanical Investigations at Tall al-’Umayri, Jordan.  Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Ramsay, J.H. and Holum, K. 2015. An Archaeobotanical Analysis of the Islamic Period Occupation at Caesarea Maritima, Israel.  Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. 24: 655-671.  

Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Ramsay, J. H. 2015 Chapter 7: The Archaeobotanical Remains. In J. Magness and G. Davies (eds.), The Final Report from the Yotvata Excavations. Eisenbrauns, pp. 240-249.

Ramsay, J.H. and Bedal, L. 2015. Garden Variety Seeds: Botanical Remains from the Petra Garden and Pool Complex. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 24: 621-634.

Ramsay, J.H. and R.J.A. Wilson.  2013. Funerary Dining in Early Byzantine Sicily: Archaeobotanical Evidence from Kaukana.  Mediterranean Archaeology 26: 81-93.

Ramsay, J.H. and A.M. Smith II. 2013. Desert Agriculture at Bir Madhkur: The First Archaeobotanical Evidence to Support the Timing and Scale of Agriculture in the Hinterland of Petra. The Journal of Arid Environments 99: 51-63.

Ramsay, J. H.  2013. Plant Remains.  In,   J. P. Oleson and R. Schick (eds.), Humayma Excavation Project, 2: Nabatean Campground and Necropolis, Byzantine Churches, and Early Islamic Domestic Structures.  ASOR Archaeological Press, pp. 353-360.

Ramsay, J. H.  2010.  Trade or Trash: An Examination of the Archaeobotanical Remains from the Harbour at Caesarea Maritima, Israel.  International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 39.2: 376–382.

Ramsay, J.H and Y. Tepper.  2010. Signs from a Green Desert: An Analysis of Archaeobotanical Remains from Tower no. VI Near Shivta, Israel.  Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 19:235–242.

Ramsay, J. H.  2008.  Archaeobotanical remains from Caesarea: the 1997 and 1998 seasons.  In K. Holum, J. Stabler and E. Reinhardt (eds.), Caesarea Reports and Studies: Excavations 1995-2007 (201- 208). British Archaeological Reports, International Series.

Ramsay, J. H. 2007.  The Archaeobotanical Remains from the Garden.  In B. Frischer, J. Crawford and M. De Simone (eds.), The Horace’s Villa Project, 1997-2003 Volume I: The Reports (pp. 303-306) Archaeopress, Oxford, England.

Ramsay, J. H. 2007.  Leigh-Ann Bedal, Kathryn L. Gleason and James G. Schryver (with archaeobotanical report by Jennifer Ramsay and coinage report by Julian Bowsher).  "The Petra Garden and Pool Complex, 2003-2005" Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 51: 151-176.

Last Updated 1/22/16


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us Friday, Feb. 5, at 7 pm in the New York room in Cooper Hall for an evening celebrating Brockport's Black History, specifically honoring Fannie Barrier Williams and William Page. The celebration will include presentations, musical performances and refreshments.