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Archaeobotany, subsistence reconstruction, trade patterns, environmental change and land-use patterns.
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.
For the last six summers (2008-2013) 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 I was the assistant director of the Petra North Ridge Project.
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. and R.J.A. Wilson. (in press) Funerary Dining in Early Byzantine Sicily: Archaeobotanical Evidence from Kaukana. Mediterranean Archaeology
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. (2014) 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.
Dr. Keating publishes an article in the Dec. 2013 issue of Asia Pacific Viewpoint, an international journal.
Dr. Ramsay publishes an article in the Dec. 2013 issue of Journal of Arid Environments, an international journal.
Dr. Keating presents a paper at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. on Nov. 21.
Dr. Ramsay presents with former student, Amanda Foley (graduate student at Ohio State) at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Balitmore, MD. on Nov 21.
Dr. Keating was recently interviewed by the Democrat and Chronicle about the art exhibit opening Oct. 24 that he is curating. The show is titled, "“Mush Hole Remembered: R.G. Miller”.
Check out a new art opening at the Tower Fine Arts Gallery curated by Dr. Keating - Serving Time at The Mush Hole: Visual Testimony of R. G. Miller-Lahiaaks (Mohawk, Six Nations) Oct. 24 – Dec. 9, 2013.
Join the Anthropology Club! If you want to get involved meeting are ever other Monday night at 7 pm in Cooper Hall C-1 (Anth. lab). Lots of exciting activities planned for the club this year!