The International Umm al-Biyara Project

Preliminary Report on the 2010 Season

by Stephan G. Schmid and Piotr Bienkowski

I. Acknowledgments

The 2010 field season of the International Umm al-Biyara Project (IUBP) lasted from March 18th to April 8th. The IUBP 2010 was funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), the German Research Foundation (DFG) through the German-French project „Early Petra“ directed by Michel Mouton (Paris) and Stephan G. Schmid (Berlin), the cluster of excellence „Topoi“ (Berlin), Humboldt-University (Berlin) and the Association for the Understanding of Ancient Cultures (AUAC, Basel). We would like to thank the director general of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, Dr. Fawwaz Al-Khraysheh, for his support and for granting the working permit, as well as Dr. Eimad Hijazeen, commissioner of the Petra Park Authority, for the kind logistic support. We would also like to thank the German Institute (DEI) at Amman as well as IFPO Amman for lodging the team during its stay in Amman.

The following persons participated in the 2010 season of the IUBP: Piotr Bienkowski (co-director, Manchester), Stephan G. Schmid (co-director, Berlin), André Barmasse, MA (Basel), Elzbieta Dubis (Krakow), Maxie M. Haufe (Berlin), Will Kennedy (Sheffield/Berlin) and Guido Teltsch (Berlin). The representative of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan was Mohammed Zahran. During the team’s sojourn at Nazzal’s Camp in Petra, Suleiman Mohammed al-B’dool, Saher Mohammed al-B’dool, Aziza Suleiman al-B’dool, Dshuwaher Rweij al-B’dool and Ali Chalaf al-B’dool were a very efficient and helpful camp team.