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Archaeological Fieldschool in Jordan

 The Petra Garden and Pool Project 2015

Apply to Work on the 2015 Petra Garden and Pool Complex Excavation - An experience that will change your life!  

Project Dates: May 19 - June 20, 2015

Project Description:

The Petra Garden and Pool Complex is located in the heart of Petra. The excavations currently focus on a large pool with a central pavilion flanking a monumental colonnaded garden. The complex is adjacent to the "Great Temple" complex, excavated by Professor Martha Joukowski (Brown University), which has been recently restored. During the 2013 season, excavations will focus on the pool, pavilion and grotto area. During the field school students will learn excavation techniques and have evening lectures by the excavation staff and local specialists on a variety of topics related to the site and the region. In addition to recovering the architecture, stratigraphy, and artifacts of a Hellenistic Nabataean/Roman site, students will also work closely with ground penetrating radar data, techniques of environmental archaeology (sampling, retrieval, identification of plant remains, faunal remains, etc.), ceramic analysis and site survey.


2015 Petra Field School Syllabus! 

Security Form for Field School Students to fill out and submit by January 31, 2015

Instructions for filling our the Security Form


Field Staff for the 2015 Fieldschool:

Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal (Penn State Behrend) – Site director

Dr. James Schryver (University of Minnesota/Morris) – Assistant director

Dr. Jennifer Ramsay (The College at Brockport, SUNY), Fieldschool director, Associate director and archaeobotanist for the excavations

Fawwaz Ishaqat (Hashemite University) – Surveyor

Pamela Koulianos (MA Student, North Carolina State University) – Ceramicist

Check out last season's (2013) Blog Posts at:

To apply please send Dr. Jennifer Ramsay a cover letter stating why you would like to join the team as well as a current resume.  Once selected applications will go through the Brockport Study Abroad Office.

For more information email Dr. Ramsay (


Dr. Ramsay and Brockport Students at the Treasury in Petra, Jordan   Brockport Students at the Roman Theater in Petra, Jordan

We had an excellent fieldschool this past summer with several Brockport Students involved, including:

Ilona Dragos

Ilona Dragos with Ibrahim in trench 24 at Petra, Jordan

Jill Stewardson & Nicole Kurdziel

Nicole Kurdziel and Jill Stewardson exacating at Petra, Jordan

Jill Stewardson drinking water at Petra, Jordan  Nicole Kurdziel washing pottery

Kirstie Richardson

Kirstie Richardson taking elevations at Petra, Jordan

Sean Kipybida &  Geoffrey Hedges (now at SUNY Buffalo)

Sean Kipybida and Geoffrey Hedges on Camels in Petra, Jordan

Geoffrey Hedges in Petra, Jordan

Sean Kipybida helps move large stones at Petra, Jordan

If you would like to read from the students daily summaries and learn more about their experiences please check out the document below.

 Students Daily Summaries from Petra, Jordan 2013


Last Updated 11/7/14


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.