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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

Fall 2015 Class Schedule:

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

Ant. 465/565 - Environmental Archaeology
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 - 3:15 pm (Syllabus) 

Fall 2015 Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am - 1 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. (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.  (DOI) 10.1007/s00334-015-0519-x.

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 8/24/15


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 (2 radio 30 minute 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”).

Dr. Feldman chaired a session and gave a presentation at the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in March: “Panic and Stigma: Similarities and Differences of the HIV/AIDS and Ebola Crises,” paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Pittsburgh, March 2015

Dr. Keating publishes an article on Cambodia in "The Indigenous World 2015," published by the International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs. (IWGIA). Copenhagen.

Dr. Keating participates in the 14th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City, April 20–21.

Dr. Keating presents a paper at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in Chicago, March 25–29.

Dr. Esara Carroll presents her research on refugee resettlement at the Society
for Applied Anthropology, March 2015.

Dr. Esara Carroll talks about International Women's Day on WXXI's Morning
Edition radio program, March 2015.

Dr. Ramsay publishes two articles in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, February 2015 and March 2015.


Welcome back!  We are looking forward to an exciting fall semester!