Through the generosity of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, Ted Banning's laboratory at University of Toronto contains a variety of lithic and ceramic assemblages, faunal remains, and sediment samples, mainly of the Geometric Kebaran, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages from the Wadi Ziqlab Project, in northern Jordan. Researchers and students interested in lithics or pottery of these periods in the southern Levant may request access to these collections by clicking the email button at left. Some of the collections are suitable for thesis projects by incoming graduate students in University of Toronto's Anthropology Department. We also have reference collections from other sites, including a large part of the Chalcolithic material from Robert North's excavations at Tuleilat al-Ghassul (Blackham 1999), thanks to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem and William Fulco, Loyola Marymount University. A summary of the collections is under construction. In the mean time, browsing the web pages of the Wadi Ziqlab Project will give you an idea of their contents.

Potential thesis topics based on our collections

Several former graduate students have already completed M.Sc. or Ph.D theses and research papers based on material in the Wadi Ziqlab Project collections, and some current students have been working on material, but there are still many aspects of these collections that remain relatively unexplored. Potential topics include:

Recent work on our collections by colleagues outside University of Toronto

We welcome collaboration with researchers outside the Wadi Ziqlab Project and University of Toronto. Recent visits to Toronto to make use of the Wadi Ziqlab Project's collections have included:

Current graduate research based on the collections

Current work by graduate students at University of Toronto includes the following.

  • Alicia Beck, Chemical Residues and Functional Analysis of Chalcolithic Pottery from Tubna, Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan. Ph.D thesis, in progress.
  • David Lasby, Changes in Lithic Technology and Economy in the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic of Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan. Ph.D thesis, in progress.
  • Lisa Maher, Geoarchaeology and Settlement Landscape in Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan, in the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene. Ph.D thesis, in progress.
  • Previous theses and student publications based on our collections

    Among the projects already completed by former and current students are the following:

    Mark Blackham

    1994 Chronological Correlations of Archaeological Stratigraphy: An Intrasite Test at Tabaqat al-Buma, Jordan. M.Sc. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

    1996 Changing settlement at Tabaqat al-Buma in Wadi Ziqlab: A stratigraphic analysis. In The Prehistory of Jordan II, edited by H.G. Gebel, Z. Kafafi and Gary O. Rollefson, pp. 345-360. Ex Oriente, Berlin.

    1999 Tulaylat Ghassul: an Appraisal of Robert North's Excavations (1959-60). Levant 31: 19-64.

    1999 Constructing Regional Histories: Time and Transition in the Southern Levant (5500-3500 BC), Ph.D. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

    Mark Blackham, Kevin Fisher and David Lasby

    1997 Excavations at Tell Fendi, a Late Chalcolithic site in the Jordan Valley, Jordan, Echos du Monde Classique/Classical Views 41 (n.s. 16): 17-22.

    Anita Buehrle

    1992 Analysis of Phytoliths and Paleoclimatic Change at Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan. M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

    Matthew Lohr

    2000 The Epipalaeolithic Assemblage from Tabaqat al-Bûma, Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan. M.Sc. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

    Lisa Maher, Matthew Lohr, Matthew Betts, Carla Parslow, and E. B. Banning

    2001 The Middle Epipalaeolithic in the southern Levant: The view from Wadi Ziqlab. Submitted to Paléorient 27: 5-19.

    Steven J. Oakes

    1991 Using Hypermedia to Design an Archaeological Site Analysis Tool. Bachelor of Applied Science thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto.

    Matthew Peros

    2000 Variability in sickle elements from Tabaqat al-Bûma, Wadi Ziqlab, Jordan. Neo-Lithics .

    Rula Shafiq

    1996 Histological Investigation of Late Neolithic Agriculturist Settlement in Northern Jordan. M.Sc. dissertation, Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford.

    Julian Siggers

    1997 The Lithic Assemblage from Tabaqat al-Bûma: A Late Neolithic Site in Wadi Ziqlab. Ph.D thesis, University of Toronto.

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