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General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
JO280
Project Name:
Madaba Plains Project
Project Description:
The Madaba Plains Project studies long-term cultural and environmental changes in the highland plateau located between the cities of Madaba and Amman in the country of Jordan. This is the umbrella project for several related and overlapping survey projects done over the years, made around the sites of Hisban, Jalul and Umayri (see: http://www.casa.arizona.edu/MPP/graphics/mppsurvs.gif)
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:
Pacific Union College
Walla Walla College
La Sierra University
Andrews University
Canadian University College
Dates of Operation:
From: 1984     To: present
Project Languages:
English
Metadata Sources:
Project Websites

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Jordan
Province:
Location:
Madaba
Ancient Regions:
Ammon/Moab/Edom

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
ystein S. Labianca
Address:
Dept. of Anthropology, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI 49104
E-mail:
labianca@andrews.edu
Phone / Fax:
phone:( (269) 471-3515 )
Investigator Name:
Larry G. Herr
Address:
Religious Studies Dept., Canadian University College, 5415 College Ave., Lacombe, AB, Canada T4L 2E5
E-mail:
lherr@cauc.ca
Phone / Fax:
phone:( (403) 782-4022 )
fax:( (403) 782-3170 )
Investigator Name:
Douglas R. Clark
Address:
School of Theology, Walla Walla College, 204 South College Avenue, College Place, WA 99324
E-mail:
ClarDo@wwc.edu
Phone / Fax:
phone:( (509) 527-2194 )
fax:( (509) 527-2253 )
Investigator Name:
Gary L. Christopherson
Address:
Director, Center for Applied Spatial Analysis, Social Sciences 115C, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ 85721, USA
E-mail:
garych@casa.arizona.ed
Phone / Fax:
phone:( +1 (520) 621-6267 )
fax:( (509) 527-2253 )
Investigator Name:
Lawrence T. Geraty
Address:
La Sierra University, Riverside, CA 92515
E-mail:
lgeraty@lasierra.edu
Phone / Fax:
phone:( (909) 785-2020 )
fax:( (909) 785-2019 )

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 0
Project Area:
0 km2
Map Data Source:
Project website; Google Earth
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Chronological Coverage

Period:
Mamluk/Middle Islamic II
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Iron Age II
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Hellenistic
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Persian
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Modern
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Byzantine
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Umayyad/Early Islamic I
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Abbasid/Early Islamic II
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Fatamid
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Crusader/Middle Islamic I
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Turkish/Late Islamic
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Late Roman
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Early Roman
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Middle Bronze Age
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Late Bronze Age
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Iron Age I
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Ayyubid
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Neolithic
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From: 0     To: 0
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Chalcolithic
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From: 0     To: 0
Period:
Early Bronze Age
Years:
From: 0     To: 0

Methodology

Approach:
Extensive
Intensive
Systematic
Non-Systematic
Site Survey
Siteless Survey
Diachronic
Temporally Bounded
Spatial Sampling (off-site):
Full Coverage
Random Sample
Stratified Random Sample
Deliberate Sample
Fieldwalker Spacing
 (average width = 0  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (200 m x 200 m)
Modern Field
Site
Transect
Structure
Scatter/Artifact
Geolocation:
Basemap more detailed than 1:10K
GPS Uncorrected
Basemap 1:10K to 1:50K
GPS Differentially Corrected
Basemap less detailed than 1:50K
GIS
Other:
See: http://www.casa.arizona.edu/MPP/surv_man/mppsurv_man.html for the survey manual

Special Studies

Artifacts:
Architecture
Ceramics
Lithics
Coins
Metal
Glass
Terracotta
epigraphy
Iconography
Environment:
Geology
Geomorphology
Soil Studies
Stone/Mineral Resources
Hydrology
Climatology
Paleobotany
Dendrochronology
Faunal Osteology
Agriculture
People:
Ritual Studies
Mortuary Studies
Population Data
Ethnography/Ethnology
Written Resources
Cultural Resource Management
Remote Sensing:
Satellite Imagery
Aerial Photography
Geoprospection
Other:
caves, cisterns, roads, rock-cut features, site catchment zones
Primary Questions:
To illuminate the multi-millennial cycles of intensification and abatement in human settlement and land use in the greater Madaba Plains region.
Excavation:
YES

Environmental Parameters

Geology:
 Igneous
 Metamorphic
 Sedimentary
Geology Other:
Topography:
 Alluvial Plain
 Coastal Plain
 Continental Plain
 Delta
 Desert
 Gorge
 Hills
 Island
 Isthmus
 Lakeshore
 Mountains
 Peninsula
 Plateau
 River Valley
 Steppe
 Underwater
 Upland Basin
 Urban
 Wadi/Oued
 Wetlands
Topography Other:
Climate:
 Climatic Altitudes of Mountains
 Dry-summer Mediterranean
 Dry-summer Steppe
 Highly Oceanic
 Humid and warm summer
 Humid Steppe
 Oceanic
 Permanently Humid
 Semi-desert and Desert
 Steppe
 Sub-Oceanic
 Tropical Semi-desert and Desert
Climate Other:

Bibliography

Entry 1:
Geraty, L.T.; Herr, L.G.; LaBianca, .S.; Yonker, R.W. (1989), Madaba Plains Project 1: The 1984 Season at Tell el-Umeiri and Vicinity and Subsequent Studies, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-96-0
Entry 2:
Geraty, L.T.; Herr, L.G.; LaBianca, .S.; Yonker, R.W. (1991), Madaba Plains Project 2: The 1987 Season at Tell el-Umeiri and Vicinity and Subsequent Studies, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-98-7
Entry 3:
Geraty, L.T.; Herr, L.G.; LaBianca, .S.; Yonker, R.W. (1997), Madaba Plains Project 3: The 1989 Season at Tell el-Umeiri and Vicinity and Subsequent Studies, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-71-
Entry 4:
LaBianca, .S. (1990), Sedentarization and Nomadization: Food System Cycles at Hesban and Vicinity in Transjordan. Hesban 1, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-00-6
Entry 5:
LaBianca, .S.; Lacelle, L. (1986), Environmental Foundations: Studies of Climatical, Geological, Hydrological, and Phytological Conditions in Hesban and Vicinity. Hesban 2, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-15-4
Entry 6:
Geraty, L.T.; Running, L.G. (1989), Historical Foundations: Studies of Literary References to Hesban and Vicinity. Hesban 3, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-17-0
Entry 7:
Ibach Jr., R.D. (1987), Archaeological Survey of the Hesban Region: Catalogue of Sites and Characterization of Periods. Hesban 5, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-16-2
Entry 8:
Ray Jr., Paul J. (2001), Tell Hesban and Vicinity in the Iron Age. Hesban 6, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-934872-19-7
Entry 9:
LaBianca, .S.; von den Driesch, A. (1995), Faunal Remains: Taphonomical and Zooarchaeological Studies of the Animal Remains from Tell Hesban and Vicinity. Hesban 13, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 0-943872-29-4
Entry 10:
Herr, L.G.; Clark, D.R.; Geraty, L.T.; LaBianca, .S.; Younker, R.W. (2000), Madaba Plains Project -'Umayri 4: The 1992 Season at Tall al-'UUmayri and Subsequent Studies. Madaba Plains Project 4, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 01-883925-26-6
Entry 11:
Herr, L.G.; Clark, D.R.; Geraty, L.T.; LaBianca, .S.; Younker, R.W. (2002), Madaba Plains Project -'Umayri 5: The 1994 Season at Tall al-'Umayri and Subsequent Studies. Madaba Plains Project 5, Berrien Springs, MI, Andrews University
NOTES: ISBN 1-883925-33-9




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