The International Umm al-Biyara Project

Preliminary Report on the 2012 Season

by Stephan G. Schmid and Piotr Bienkowski

I. Acknowledgments

The 2012 field season of the International Umm al-Biyara Project (IUBP) lasted from March 11th to April 5th. The IUBP 2012 was funded by 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), the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF, London) and the Association for the Understanding of Ancient Cultures (AUAC, Basel). We would like to thank the staff of the Department of Antiquities for their support and for granting the working permit, as well as Dr. Eimad Hijazeen, commissioner of the Petra Park Authority, for his kind logistic support. We would also like to thank IFPO Amman for lodging the team during its stay in Amman.

The following persons participated in the 2012 season of the IUBP: as co-directors Stephan G. Schmid (Berlin) and Piotr Bienkowski (Msnchester); as archaeologists Christoph Schneider, MA (Basel), Polly Agoridou (Berlin), Nadine Bürkle (Berlin), Will Kennedy (Berlin), Lydia Kappa (Berlin) and Jan Reimann (Berlin); as surveyor Jana Falkenberg (Karlsruhe). The representative of the Department of Antiquities was Abdallah Rawashdeh, whose help and advice were very much appreciated. During the team’s stay at Nazzal’s Camp in Petra and on top of Umm al-Biyara, Suleiman Mohammed al-B’dool, Ibrahim Mohammed al-B’dool, Aziza Suleiman al-B’dool, Anwar Ali al-B’dool and Ali Chalaf al-B’dool were a very efficient and helpful camp and supply team.