Jordan - Shubayqa


The Shubayqa Archaeological Project investigates the transition from hunting & gathering to agriculture in the Harra desert of Jordan.  In particular, this project investigates the relationship between the Younger Dryas – a global climatic event that led to cooler temperatures and decreased rainfall – and the beginning of agriculture. The project area is the remote, rugged Shubayqa basin, a 12 km2 playa situated c. 130 km northeast of the Jordanian capital Amman.  In 2014 the project will continue its excavations at the late Natufian site of Shubayqa 1, while also launching excavations at the early Neolithic site Shubayqa 6 nearby. Furthermore, we will continue with our landscape survey of the surrounding area to discover additional sites, and carry out geoarchaeological sampling across the Shubayqa basin to study past environmental conditions. In addition, we will be processing and analyzing finds, and conducting some ethnographic fieldwork to better understand the use of the Badia by modern-day Bedouin pastoralists.  

Jordan Shubayqa Archaeology Field School - Institute for Field Research Field Schools Jordan - Shubayqa18-352014-06-20
Course Dates: Jul 31 - Aug 31 2014
Enrollment Status: CLOSED 
Total Cost: $ 4,800 
Course Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Tobias Richter



Tobias Richter

Dr. Tobias Richter

Dr. Richter ( is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen (Denmark).  For more information, click here


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Student Fees

Early Enrollment Begins November 15 - Full payment must be received by April 1  
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Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,300 USD Tuition: 4,390 USD 

Late Enrollment Begins April 2 - Full payment must be received 10 days prior to course start date
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Deposit:500 USD Deposit: 510 USD 
Tuition: 4,400 USD Tuition: 4,490 USD 


For the first three days, students and staff will be staying at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman. During those days students will attend a number of lectures about the project, fieldwork methods and the archaeology of the region.  Students will then depart for the Harra desert (ca. 3 hour drive from Amman) and will be staying in rented houses in Safawi, the town nearest to the research area.  Accommodation will be pretty basic with everyone sharing sleeping quarters and bathrooms. Water supply is limited so that participants must try to conserve water wherever possible – having a long shower every day will be impossible. Each morning the field team will depart early to make the 1 hour drive to the research site, while the house team will stay back to process finds and samples.

MEALS:  All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious, basic food in the tradition of local cousin. The field team will take their second breakfast in the field. Special dietary needs may not be guaranteed but vegetable dishes are always served. Other, more specific dietary needs cannot be accommodated.