The Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Excavations (GRAPE)
The Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Woodsworth College to offer NMC261Y0 – Field Archaeology in the Republic of Georgia for the 2nd year of G.R.A.P.E. – the Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project investigating the Neolithic origins of wine in the south Caucasus.
Please note that space is limited so students should consider applying as early as possible.
– Application deadline: February 13, 2017
– Program URL: https://summerabroad.utoronto.ca/programs/georgia/
– Program Website: http://www.grape.utoronto.ca/
Students are also welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tell Madaba Archaeological Project
Led by Professor Tim Harrison and Dr. Debra Foran, the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project (TMAP) is a multidisciplinary research project investigating the early development of urbanism and urban institutions in the ancient Near East. It is part of an ongoing international research effort to create a regional database that will permit comprehensive analysis of the adaptive strategies and social institutions developed by human communities in the semi-arid Highlands of central Jordan, a geographical area distinguished by its climatic variability and environmental diversity.
Summer Field School Opportunity: Khirbat al-Mukhayyat Archaeological Project. For more information and application package contact Dr. Debra Foran at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to go to the TMAP website.
The Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) initiative seeks to build an international multidisciplinary research collaboration, comprised of archaeologists, computer scientists, and paleo-environmental specialists, with the capacity to leverage this burgeoning corpus of data and fundamentally transform our knowledge of the civilizations of the ancient Near East. This deepened understanding will provide insight into a wide range of contemporary concerns, including the ecological impact of anthropogenic changes to the physical environment, the socioeconomic and political impact of climate change, the long-term health consequences of human dietary practices and subsistence strategies, and the role of cultural conflict in affecting social and political change.
Click here to go to the CRANE website.
The Tayinat Archaeological Project
Led by Professor Timothy Harrison, The Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP) is a long-term multidisciplinary project investigating the historical development of urban institutions and the rise of early state-ordered societies in the ancient Near East. Tell Ta‘yinat is a large archaeological mound located on the Amuq Plain in southeastern Turkey. It was the scene of large-scale excavations in the 1930s, which uncovered several large palaces (called bit hilani), a temple (famously compared with Solomon’s temple), and numerous beautifully carved stone reliefs, sculptures, and stelae inscribed with Luwian (Neo-Hittite) hieroglyphic inscriptions, and helped to identify the site as ancient Kunulua, capital of the Neo-Hittite/Aramaean Kingdom of Patina/Unqi. The primary aim of the renewed investigations is to assemble archaeological data from the presumed urban center of a succession of prominent, historically-attested Bronze and Iron Age polities for comparison with existing data sets from comparable contexts (e.g. domestic/residential, administrative/public) at rural village sites in the region. This explicitly regional approach, still relatively rare in Near Eastern Archaeology, is designed to facilitate multiple levels of analysis, and to produce the multivariate data needed to engage in more systematic investigations of the complex social, economic and political institutions developed by the first urban communities to emerge in this part of the world.
Click here to go to the TAP website