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Detailed Project Description

General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
JO330
Project Name:
The Southeast Araba Archaeological Survey (SAAS)
Project Description:
The Southeast Araba Archaeological Survey is a regional study of the Southeast sector of Wadi Araba and the immediate environs of Aqaba. Its main purpose was to examine the hinterland of the port city of Roman Aila, with the aim to elucidate the economic relationship between Aila and its hinterland.
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:
National Geographic Society
Roman Aqaba Project
Samuel H Kress Foundation
North Carolina State University
Dates of Operation:
From: 1994     To: 1998
Project Languages:
English
Metadata Sources:
project website
Smith et al. 1997
Smith 2007

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Jordan
Province:
Ma'an
Location:
Ma'an
Ancient Regions:
project website
Arabia Petraia

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Tina M. Niemi
Address:
University of Missouri - Kansas City
E-mail:
Phone / Fax:
Investigator Name:
Andrew M. Smith Ii
Address:
University of Maryland
E-mail:
amsii@wan.umd.edu
Phone / Fax:
Investigator Name:
Michelle Stevens
Address:
E-mail:
Phone / Fax:

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 1200
Project Area:
0 km2
Map Data Source:
Smith et al. 1997; Google Earth
Google™ Earth File:
Project Location:
Project Vertices:

Chronological Coverage

Period:
Paleolithic
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Neolithic
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Chalcolithic-Early Bronze Age
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Iron Age
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Hellenistic
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Nabataean
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Roman
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Byzantine
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Period:
Islamic
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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 =  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (0 m x 0 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:

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:
Primary Questions:
What was the economic relationship between Roman Aila and its hinterland? What is the nature of the hinterland of a Roman port city?
Excavation:
NO

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:
Smith, Andrew M. II (2007), "Beyond the Nabataean and Roman City: Surveying the Central and Southern Wadi Arabah", Levy, Thomas E.; Daviau, P.M. Michele; Younker, Randall W.; Shaer, May, Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan, London, Equinox Publishing Ltd, 393-400
Entry 2:
Smith, Andrew; Stevens, Michelle; Niemi, Tina (1997), "The Southeast Araba Archaeological Survey: A Preliminary Report of the 1994 Season", Bulletin of the American Schools of Priental Research, 255, 45-71




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