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7th November 2019: The Islamic Baydha Project: The Archaeology of Settlement in Post-urban Petra. In Memory of Andrea Zerbini, 1984 - 2019

Micaela Sinibaldi, Council for British Research in the Levant

7th November 2019, 4pm, British Museum BP Lecture Theatre

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Poster NOV 7th 2019.pdf

The Islamic Baydha Project, directed by Micaela Sinibaldi, funded by the PEF, and affiliated with the Council for British Research in the Levant, started in 2014 and has concluded its fifth season in 2018. 
The project aims at conducting excavations, surveys, conservation, archaeological training and community engagement at the site of Baydha. Since the site holds the most significant accessible archaeological evidence of Islamic-period material culture in the Petra region, the Islamic Baydha Project is also part of a broader study, the Late Petra Project, which investigates the later periods of the Petra region. This period saw the existence of numerous settlements, including several villages in the Baydha region itself. Although the Petra valley was never completely abandoned, starting from the late Byzantine period the main focus of settlement gradually shifted out of it, and Baydha became one of the main areas of population. Recent excavations of the Islamic Baydha Project have focused on the village habitations and on the study of two mosques, the only two fully identified and studied so far in the entire region.

Photo: Aerial View of Islamic Baydha, situated between Little Petra and Neolithic Baydha. APAAMEE_20181017_RHB-0047. Courtesy of Robert Bewley

Micaela Sinibaldi is an archaeologist specialising in the Medieval and Islamic periods and has been conducting fieldwork in Jordan since 1994. Currently, she is a Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University, U.K., the Glassman Holland Research Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (2018/2019) and the director of the Islamic Bayda Project. Her recent publications include Sinibaldi, M., K. Lewis, B. Major and J. Thompson (eds.) (2016), Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant. The Archaeology and History of the Latin East. University of Wales Press; the publication of the volume from her PhD thesis, Settlement in Crusader Transjordan, (1100-1189): a Historical and Archaeological Study, is currently in progress. 
Over the past years, her work has focused on the archaeology of Petra during the Islamic period; to conduct this study, she has been working in collaboration with numerous projects in Petra led by the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and international teams.


• Sinibaldi, M.  2018. “Petra: “Islamic Baydha Project.” Archaeology in Jordan Newsletter: 2016 and 2017 Seasons, pp. 74-75. ACOR: Amman, Jordan.

• Sinibaldi, M. 2018. “Did Petra’s inhabitants really abandon the city?” The British Academy.

• Rawashdeh, S. 2017. “Archaeological project explores Beidha during Islamic era.” The Jordan Times.

• Rawashdeh, S. 2018. “Petra region still holds completely untapped potential.” The Jordan Times.

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