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Dr. Burton MacDonald publishes 11th book, continues archaeological contributions

June 14th, 2016
Dr. Burton MacDonald

Archaeologist Dr. Burton MacDonald, Senior Research Professor in StFX’s Department of Religious Studies, continues to create new scholarship, most recently in the form of his 11th published book. 

The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Boston, MA, has just announced the publication of Dr. MacDonald’s latest book, “The Shammakh to Ayl Archaeological Survey, Southern Jordan (2010-2012)” (SAAS).  
Dr. MacDonald says the objectives of the project were to discover, record, and interpret archaeological sites in an area between Shammakh in the north and Ayl in the south in the southern segment of the Transjordan/Edomite Plateau, as well as to determine the area's settlement patterns from the Lower Paleolithic to the end of the Late Islamic period (from around 1.4 million years ago until AD 1917). The project also investigated the Pleistocene sediments and lakes in the eastern segment of the survey territory, and documented the many farms, hamlets, and villages that provisioned the major international sites of the area.
The book is published in ASOR’s “Archaeological Reports Series” (No. 24).
The work is the final report on Dr. MacDonald’s fifth archaeological survey project in southern Jordan. For the project, he was joined for field work, analyses, and writing by colleagues from Canada, Jordan, Switzerland, and the United States. Other authors on the book include Geoffrey A. Clark, Larry G. Herr, D. Scott Quaintance, Hani Hayajneh, and Jurg Eggler. Two StFX students participated in the infield aspect of the project, Hilary M. (Lock) Hatcher and Kelly Meagher. Ms. Hatcher also drew the lithics/stone artifacts for the project and was involved in the copy editing of the publication
Dr. MacDonald served as director of the SAAS project and is the sole author of three and co-author of two of the chapters of the book.
Since 1970, Dr. MacDonald has carried out archaeological work in Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. He began his archaeological survey work in Jordan in 1979.

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