The PNRP 2014 Field School and Excavation has officially started. On Thursday, June 26 the team left Amman to travel down to Wadi Musa, where we stayed the night. The next day we were officially introduced to Petra. Staff went directly to the North Ridge to discuss trench locations while field school students walked down through the Siq. After, Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal (Penn State Erie) kindly offered a tour of Petra Garden and Pool Complex, visible from the North Ridge on the other side of the Colonnaded Street.
On June 28, after setting up camp at Dakhilallah’s house in Umm Saihoun, the entire team went up to the North Ridge for a special tour specifically of the other sites nearby. Dr. S. Thomas Parker (North Carolina State University) provided commentary on the Blue Chapel and the Byzantine Church.
Dr. Megan Perry (East Carolina University) then gave a summary of the Ridge Church and specifically the tombs found there, known in publication as the Petra North Ridge Tombs 1 and 2.
After, the PNRP areas were examined. Dr. Parker spoke briefly about the city wall and how he hoped to further explore it, and Dr. Perry spoke to the tombs excavated in 2012 and the special finds they yielded.
Finally the three trench supervisors – Dr. Carrie Duncan (University of Missouri at Columbia), Russell Gentry (North Carolina State University), and Jessica Walker (University of Pittsburg)—introduced their respective areas and trenches.
On June 29 – the first day of Ramadan – field work officially begins.
1) Parker – co-director
2) Perry – co-director
3) Grieve Rawson – conservator
4) Lowrey – faunal
5) Kanellopoulos – architect
6) Hendrick – architect
7) Duncan – area supervisor
8) Gentry – area supervisor
9) Walker – area superior
10) Osterholtz – human osteo assistant
11) Koulianos- ceramics assistant
12) Rucker – geologist and camp manager
13) Wenner – program assistant/ceramics assistant
14) Brigham – trench sup domestic
15) Jones – trench supervisor domestic
16) Karlis – trench supervisor domestic
17) Tews – trench supervisor domestic
18) Marrero – trench supervisor domestic
19) Zarley – trench supervisor domestic
20) Eno – trench supervisor domestic
21) Garcia-Putnam – tomb supervisor
22) Falls – tomb supervisor
23) Smith – tomb supervisor
24) Roepe – tomb supervisor
25) Rosenwinkel – assist tomb supervisor /small finds
26) Ramsay – archaeobotanist /first guest lecturer
27) Hedges – archaeobotanical assistant