Below are short descriptions of my current projects. Feel free to contact me for additional information.
For the 2017 field season, I joined the Balu'a Regional Archaeology Project, part of the broader Madaba Plains Project. The focus of the project is Khirbat al-Balu'a, a large site with a long settlement history located in the northern Karak Plateau, ca. 10 km south of Wadi Mujib and ca. 20 km north of Karak. During the 2017 season, which focused primarily on excavation of the Iron Age settlement, I served as the project surveyor and digital archaeologist. I will return in future seasons to investigate the Middle Islamic period settlement at the site, which is hoped to answer questions about the role of local communities in facilitating movement across the Karak Plateau.
My dissertation research was conducted in affiliation with the UC San Diego Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP), a “deep-time” study of settlement and copper exploitation in and around the Faynan region of southern Jordan, about 150 km southwest of ‘Amman and 30 km north of Petra. My research focused primarily on the copper industry in the Faynan region during the late 12th and 13th centuries AD (6th and 7th centuries AH), or the Ayyubid period. As part of this project, I supervised excavations of five areas at Khirbat Nuqayb al-Asaymir (Arabic: Ruin of the Small Brown Pass), a Middle Islamic period copper smelting village, and of a Middle Islamic period copper slag mound (Area 15) at Khirbat Faynan (the Classical town of Phaino and Biblical Punon).
As part of ELRAP, I have also conducted research on Khirbat al-Mana'iyya, an Early Islamic period copper smelting “camp” in the southeastern Wadi ‘Araba, about 30 km north of ‘Aqaba. Several similar camps are known in the southwestern Wadi 'Araba, but Khirbat al-Mana'iyya is the first known in the southeast.
In addition to my work on Islamic period copper production, I am currently preparing a publication based on analysis of Middle and Late (1400-1900 AD) Islamic period material from the Wadi al-Fayd Expedition, an intensive archaeological survey of the hilly region west of al-Shawbak, in southern Jordan, in 2009. One goal of this project has been the identification of sites dating to the 11th century AD, which has been notoriously elusive in southern Jordan. Once published, I plan to conduct more detailed mapping and test excavation at several of these sites to test this proposed dating and investigate life in southern Jordan during this period.