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Professor Reeves co-authors paper with Classics graduate (class of 2020) Elyse Richardson   

Professor Barbara Reeves is co-authoring a paper, entitled From Jericho and Dhiban to Ontario and the World: Re-creating Queen’s Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology Online,with Classics graduate Elyse Richardson at ASOR’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting this November. They are presenting as part of the Archaeology of Jordon III session on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:00–3:00pm. (See page 16 of the schedule.)






Prof. Reeves is also co-chairing the three Archaeology of Jordan sessions.


This year, the ASOR Annual Meeting takes place virtually,
on Thursday–Sunday, November 12–15 and November 19–22.






Queen's Classics student Lilly Hickox is presenting a poster at this event, as well.

(See page 14 of the 2020 Poster Abstract Book.)

Shedding Light on an Ancient Past: The Analysis of Ceramic Oil Lamps from the Roman Fort at Humayma
Lilly G Hickox, Queen's University
Tucked away in the northwest corner of the Hisma desert of Jordan, lies the archaeological site of Humayma, approximately halfway between Petra and Aqaba. The site has a long history of permanent settlement, beginning with the indigenous Nabataeans, followed by Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic occupations. The Roman auxiliary fort at Humayma was constructed shortly after Trajan’s conquest of the Nabataean Kingdom in 106 CE, emerging alongside a pre-existing trade route renamed the Via Nova Traiana. Excavations at the fort, directed by J. P. Oleson of the Humayma Excavation Project in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2005, unearthed a collection of ceramic oil lamps, comprising four complete lamps and fifty-four fragments. During the summer of 2020 the author (under the guidance of M. B. Reeves) carried out a remote analysis of these lamps based on project images, descriptions, and contextual information in order to create a catalogue and report on this assemblage. The framework involved in the analysis centered on the derivation of the forms, locations, places of origin, and cultural connections from the archaeological contexts. All lamps found in the fort were of types produced from the 1st c. - 5th c. CE and corresponded to Nabataean, Roman and Byzantine forms. The Nabatean rosette lamp and Byzantine slipper lamp were the two most prevalent types, while few Roman lamps were found. This poster summarizes the ceramic lamp findings, identifies anomalous items, and considers the significance of chronological aberrations in relation to the fort’s military and civilian occupations over 400 years

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