The International Umm al-Biyara Project

Preliminary Report on the 2011 Season

by Stephan G. Schmid and Piotr Bienkowski

I. Acknowledgments

The 2011 field season of the International Umm al-Biyara Project (IUBP) lasted from March 17th to April 14th. The IUBP 2011 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, Prof. Dr. Ziad Al-Saad, 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 IFPO Amman for lodging the team during its stay in Amman.

Team of year 2011 (photo: M. Roth)
Team of year 2011 (photo: M. Roth)

The following persons participated in the 2011 season of the IUBP: as co-directors Piotr Bienkowski (Manchester) and Stephan G. Schmid (Berlin); as archaeologists André Barmasse, MA (Basel), Polly Agoridou (Berlin), Nadine Bürkle (Berlin), Will Kennedy (Berlin), Niels Rhensius (Berlin) and Guido Teltsch (Berlin); as surveyor Jana Falkenberg (Karlsruhe). The representative of the Department of Antiquities was Mohammed Maranleh, whose help and advice were very much appreciated. During the team’s sojourn at Nazzal’s Camp in Petra and on top of Umm al-Biyara, Suleiman Mohammed al-B’dool, Saher Mohammed al-B’dool, Aziza Suleiman al-B’dool, Fatma Ali al-B’dool and Ali Chalaf al-B’dool were a very efficient and helpful camp and supply team.