Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain (EDSP) - Project Website (البعثة الأثرية إلى سهول البحر الميت)

The Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain (EDSP) - Project Website showcases information about the project, its team, and a list of the project's publication. The project looked Early Bronze Age in the Southern Levant, focusing on five sites in the Dead Sea Plain: - Bab adh-Dhra` - Numayra - Ras an-Numayra (located adjacent to Numayra) - Fifa - Khirbat Khanazir Each of them has its own webpage providing further information on the site history and history of excavation.

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Maintainer Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain (EDSP)
Last Updated September 24, 2020, 11:44 (BST)
Created June 15, 2020, 15:02 (BST)
Project URL https://expeditiondeadseaplain.org/
Project principal and co-investigators

Walter E. Rast, Valparaiso University;

R.Thomas Schaub, Indiana University of Pennsylvania;

Project team


James Adovasio, University of Pittsburgh (textiles and basketry);

Reuben Bullard, University of Cincinnati (geologist);

Edith Dietz, Smithsonian Institution (conservation);

Jack Donahue, University of Pittsburgh (geologist);

Michael Finnegan, Kansas State University (physical anthropologist, surveyor);

Bruno Frohlich, Smithsonian Institution (physical anthropologist);

Jack Harlan, University of Illinois (paleoagronomist);

Robert Johnston, Rochester Institute of Technology (ceramicist);

Robert Madden, University of Pennsylvania (metals);

Mark McConaughy, University of Pittsburgh, Illinois State Museum (lithics, surveyor);

David McCreery, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, American Center of Oriental Research in Amman (paleoethnobotanist);

Donald Ortner, Smithsonian institution (physical anthropologist);

Susan Short, University of Colorado (palynologist);


Henry Cowherd, Rochester Institute of Technology;

Christine Helms, Oxford University;

Kjell Sandved, Smithsonian Institution;


Marilyn M. Schaub, Duquesne University.

Project start date 1974-01-01
Project end date 1990-12-31
Project status Completed
Project funder

National Endowment for the Humanities

The Shelby White-Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications

National Geographic Society

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Foundation

Wenner-Gren Anthropological Foundation

The Hunt Foundation

The Kyle-Kelso Excavation Fund

The Chuck Wheeler Christian Foundation

The Dynac Corporation

Ernst & Whinney

Jacobs International Limited, Inc.

MacAllister Machinery Co., Inc.

SL Industries, Inc.

Weller Grossman Productions, Inc.

Private donors.

Citation information

Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain (EDSP) (n.d.), Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain (EDSP) - Project Website, https://expeditiondeadseaplain.org/ (15/06/2020).

Time Periods Early Bronze Age
Data type Images Photograph, Images Map, Text essay, Text - Other