‘Umayri 2014: Photography & Conservation

Archaeological sites are precious things. They lie safe underground forgotten for generations until some intrepid archaeologists come and carefully expose them. As an archaeologist myself, I’ve often wondered why we do this, especially given some of the consequences.

As you might recall, last year I hiked out to Lille, Alberta with my boyfriend and a friend of mine (the former has worked at ‘Umayri in 2012, the latter is a trained archaeologist). We marvelled at the beauty of the site, decayed, but still shining in its own right. It had been a long day of hiking to try to find Lille in the first place. The directions I found on other websites were vague. We had been determined to find it, though, and eventually did stumble upon the stone foundations and abandoned coke ovens that personify Lille. Continue reading ‘Umayri 2014: Photography & Conservation

‘Umayri 2014: Structure from Motion

Every two years, I pack my cameras, lenses, and some studio equipment and make my way to Jordan for the summer. It isn’t for a vacation though, it’s for a solid 1.5 months of archaeological photography while I work for the Madaba Plains Project’s ‘Umayri site.

My relationship with ‘Umayri began in 2006 when I worked on the dig as part of my archaeology degree. I’ve always had an interest in the Middle East, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to dig through a (mostly) Bronze & Iron Age site. Continue reading ‘Umayri 2014: Structure from Motion

Madaba Plains Project featured in La Sierra University Magazine

In my mail this morning, I found a lovely magazine article about the new Center for Near Eastern Archaeology at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. Central to the operations of this new facility is Tall ‘Umayri – the dig site I photograph artifacts & activities for every two years.

For those who were following our progress on Facebook during the 2012 season, you might notice a familiar photograph in the article – one I took of our whole group on top of Umayri’s reconstructed four-room house. Continue reading Madaba Plains Project featured in La Sierra University Magazine