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Jennifer Ramsay

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

 Ramsay 2014 Ramsay working at Petra

Spring 2015 Class Schedule:

Ant. 202 - Introduction to Archaeology:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45 am (Syllabus)

Ant. 449/549 - Greek Archaeology:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15 pm (Syllabus)

Spring 2015 Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from11:00 am - 1:00 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

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. (in press) Telling Seeds: Archaeobotanical Investigations at Tall al-'Umayri, Jordan. Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Ramsay, J. H. (in press) 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 (DOI) 10.1007/s00334-015-0520-4

Ramsay, J.H. and Holum, K. 2015. An Archaeobotanical Analysis of the Islamic Period Occupation at Caesarea Maritima, Israel.  Vegetation History and Archaeobotany.  (DOI) 10.1007/s00334-015-0519-x.

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

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. 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. 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 3/10/15


Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 2015

Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in Mediterranean Archaeology, September 2014.

Dr. Esara publishes in Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, July 2014



Marjorie Helen Steward Speaker series presents: 

'Where the Warriors Lie: A Bioarchaeology of Conflict in Early Medieval Bohemia'

Presented by Doctoral Candidate Lauren Hosek, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University

March 11, 3:35-4:50 pm in Edwards Room 103


Scholars Day is April 8! We have several anthropology sessions to check out.

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