Participating Scholars
(in alphabetical order)

For the most recent publications on the Wadi Arabah by these scholars,
go to our Publications page


Uzi Avner
(Arabah Institute of Environmental Studies, Israel )

Dr. Avner has conducted extensive surveys in the southern Negev and western Wadi Arabah. He works on the conservation and development of ancient sites for education and tourism, as well as on the protection of nature and environment.


Russell Adams
(Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University)

Dr. Adams works on the copper mining sites in the Wadi Faynan of the Bronze and Iron Ages.. He is a specialist in ceramic technology, ancient metallurgy and landscape archaeology and studies the impact of technological changes upon the development of social complexity, human environmental adaptation and long-term environmental change.



Clinton Bailey
The Harry S. Truman Institute for Peace, Hebrew University, Israel

Dr Bailey is an anthropologist who has worked extensively with Bedouin in the Negev. He is an expert on bedouin oral traditions and history, and the impact of modern society and technology on bedouin lifestyle.



John Bartlett
Trinity College, Dublin

Prof.. Bartlett is a biblical scholar, who has done much work on the old testament traditions and narratives in relation to the Wadi Arabah.


Haim Ben-David
Jordan Valley College

Dr. Ben-David specializes in ancient routes in the Wadi Arabah. He has published about the new discovery of the Zoar ascent and has done research on the Roman road from Petra to the Arabah, and on the dating of the incense route from Petra to Gaza.

Piotr Bienkowski
Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

Prof. Bienkowski is an archaeologist, specializing in the archaeology of Edom in the Iron Age. He is also an expert on landscape archaeology, and has compiled the GIS map of sites in the Wadi Arabah.


Hendrik Bruins
Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Dr Bruins specializes in the human ecology in deserts and drylands, and the impacts of drought and desertification on water and food security. He has published widely on hazard assessment through time-series analysis, contingency planning and crisis management in a desert environment. Dr. Bruins uses chronological and spatial analysis (GIS) of settlement patterns to analyze resource management in the deserts and drylands of the southern Levant.


Benjamin Dolinka
W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Dr. Dolinka specializes in the Nabataean and Roman periods in southern Jordan. His current research focuses upon Nabataean cultural continuity, particularly ceramics, after the Roman annexation of the Nabataean kingdom. He has wide field experience in the region, and directed the Rujm Taba Archaeological Project (RTAP), a survey and reconnaissance project on a Nabataean caravanseray / village site that is in immanent danger of destruction.



Tali Erickson-Gini
Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel

Dr. Gini is a Roman / Nabataean scholar, with extensive experience in reconnaissance and salvage work. She has published widely on Nabataean and Roman sites in the Negev and Wadi Arabah, and has a special interest in Nabataean trade and trade routes.


Mordechai (Moti) Haiman
Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel

Dr Haiman has conducted numerous surveys in the desert regions of Israel. He is an expert in desert agricultural systems and their development through time.


Andreas Hauptmann
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum, Germany

Prof. Hauptmann is an archaeologist who specializes in metallurgy and mineralogy. He has worked extensively in the Wadi Faynan, the copper mining centre of the eastern Wadi Arabah, and has published widely on the subject. He is also an expert on geoscientific archaeometry.


Donald O. Henry
Department of Anthropology, University of Tulsa, USA

Prof. Henry is an archaeologist / anthropologist who specializes in the early periods of the Levant. He has done extensive research in the Wadi Arabah and published widely on the Paleolithic sites of the region.



Yizhar Hirschfeld

Benjamin Isaac
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Isaac is a historian specializing in Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine history. His main region of interest, on which he has published widely, is the Near East in general and specifically Palestine. He is also an expert on Jewish history, epigraphy and archaeology in the Roman and Byzantine periods.



Michael Jasmin
CNRS, Maison René Ginouvès de l'archéologie et de l'ethnologie, Nanterre, France

Dr. Jasmin is an expert on trade and trade routes in the Levant. He is involved in research in the Negev, and has published extensively on the oriigins of the incense trade in the Wadi Arabah


Burton MacDonald
Department of Religious Studies, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia

Prof. MacDonald has directed several surveys in southern Jordan and the Wadi Arabah. He is an expert on the archaeology, and particularly the settlement history of southern Jordan, and the geography of the region.


Zeev Meshel
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Dr. Meshel is an archaeologist who specializes in fortresses and water systems in the desert, and their relationship to the development of desert agriculture in various periods. He has published a number of books on the fortresses and water supply systems of the Sinai, the Negev and the Wadi Arabah.



Muhammad en-Najjar
Department of Antiquities of Jordan

Dr. en-Najjar is a Jordanian scholar who has worked in most parts of Jordan, as surveyor and excavator. He has excavated extensively in the Wadi Faynan as staff member of the Hirbet Hamra Ifdan project.



S. Thomas Parker
Department of History, North Carolina State University, USA

Prof. Parker is an archaeologist who specializes in Roman Jordan. From 1979 to 1989 he directed the Limes Arabicus Project, which investigated the Roman frontier east of the Dead Sea. Since 1994 he has directed the Roman Aqaba Project, the excavation of a Roman port on the Red Sea in southern Jordan.



Orit Shamir
Israel Antiquities Authority

Dr. Shamir is one of the leading authorities on ancient textiles in the Near East. She does research on archaeological remains of textiles, basketry and cordage and has published widely on the subject of textiles and clothing in the ancient world.


Eveline van der Steen
School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, Liverpool University

Dr. van der Steen is an archaeologist with a special interest in the development of tribal societies in the southern Levant. She has a wide knowledge of tribal societies in southern Jordan from the 18th to 20th century AD, and presently works on a monograph on tribal societies in the region.


Donald Whitcomb
The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Dr. Whitcomb specializes in Islamic Archaeology, and is the director of the Aila excavations, studying the early Islamic occupation of Aqaba. He is an expert on Urbanism and Urbanization, and Interregional trade between Egypt, Iran, Syria and Jordan in the Islamic period.


Yuval Yekutieli
Ben Gurion University, Israel

Dr. Yekutieli specializes in the Bronze Ages of the southern Levant.He is one of the leading experts on early connections between Canaan, Transjordan and Egypt, ancient colonialism., landscape archaeology and Rock-Art.