Archaeological Projects

UC Berkeley Excavations at El Hibeh, Egypt

A site located in on the ancient boundary between upper and lower Egypt, El Hibeh has been excavated by a UC Berkeley team led by Carol Redmount since 2001. A new website for the project is in development.

Abydos Temple Paper Archives Project

The Abydos Temple Paper Archive Project (ATPA) is an international mission under the auspices of University of California, Berkeley (led by Carol Redmount) and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt (led by Mohamed Abdel-Badie) working on a recently discovered historical archive containing documents from the Egyptian Antiquities’ Service related to the heritage management of the site of Abydos in Upper Egypt and surrounding areas, from approximately 1850 through the 1960’s.

The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project

The Dhiban Excavation and Development Project investigates the archaeology, environment, and history of Dhiban, a Middle Eastern town located today in west-central Jordan. Over the last five millennia, Dhiban has seen repeated attempts to organize large sedentary populations in unique configurations, only to see these efforts languish after only a few centuries. The project is documenting evidence from the Early Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic settlements using archaeological, biological, and geological research methods. Read more about the project's goals here.

The Busayra Cultural Heritage Project

The Busayra Cultural Heritage Project investigates ancient Bozrah, the Iron Age capital of Edom, located today in southwest Jordan. Excavations and ground-pentrating radar settlement survey are expanding upon the prior research that took place there in the 1970s that documented multiple administrative buildings and domestic residences. The project also supports community and government efforts to preserve the archaeological site and promote it as a tourism destination.  

The Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project

The Dilmun Bioarchaeology Project is researching the results of Peter B. Cornwall's 1940-1941 expedition to Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia using his collection that is cared for today in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Among other achievements, Cornwall was one of the first archaeologists to excavate tombs associated with ancient Dilmun, a Bronze Age society that resided along the shores of the Persian Gulf. Read more about the project here