Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Amman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
NOTE: This program will not run in Summer 2019. It will be offered in Summer 2020.
Petra, Jordan has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1985. This unique city was carved into the sheer, striated, rose red sandstone rock face more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans. Excavations have demonstrated that the Nabataeans controlled flash flooding and managed the water supply, creating an artificial oasis and enabling the development and influence of the city. It was an important junction of the caravan routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Students will spend four weeks on the archaeological field school the Petra Garden and Pool Complex excavation, located in the heart of Petra. The large pool has a central pavilion flanking a monumental colonnaded garden adjacent to the "Great Temple" complex, which has been recently restored. During the 2018 season, excavations will focus on the pool perimeter and connections with adjoining monuments on the southern terrace of the city center. Students will learn excavation techniques and attend evening lectures given by the excavation staff and local specialists. In addition to recovering the architecture, stratigraphy, and artifacts of a Hellenistic Nabataean/Roman site, students will also work closely with GPS survey, 3-D scanning, ground -penetrating radar data, environmental studies (sampling, retrieving, and identification of flora and fauna remains), and ceramic analysis.
Students will also learn some basic phrases in Arabic with a guidebook to the language specifically prepared for archaeologists on the site. Students and faculty will live together with a host family and participate in local cultural events. There will be field trips to Neolithic and Nabatean sites, Crusader castles in nearby Beidha and Shobak, and Wadi Rum.
All students have the option to schedule either a 3- or 6-credit section of ANTH 492: Intermediate Field Methods.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. As this is a faculty-led summer study abroad program, grades will be posted according to the Summer 2 deadline.
There are no pre-requisites for this program. Students who have taken ANTH 002, ANTH 009 or other Middle East content courses may be better prepared for the program.
In the case of limited spaces, applicants from Behrend Campus will have priority over students at other campuses.
Students and faculty will live together with a host family during the program. Housing will include the following amenities:
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
For more information, please contact Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal at Penn State Behrend Campus. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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