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Stipendiat Kennedy

Will Kennedy M.A.


Alumna / Alumnus

WiSe 2014/2015
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Classical Archaeology

PhD Project

Terra Petraea. An Archaeological Landscape Charaterization of the Petra Hinterland in Nabataean-Roman Times

The dissertation project researched singular aspects and overall strategies of spatial organization in and around Petra, Jordan. The chronological frame ranged from the Iron Age until Late Antiquity. However, the main focus lies within Nabataean-Roman times. The project aimed at delivering new and innovative insights into the Petra hinterland and its relationship to the city itself by reassessing overall, military and non-military, strategies of spatial organization in the Petraean hinterland. By adopting a landscape archaeological approach, it was attempted to investigate political, administrative, socio-economic as well as military aspects of Petra’s surroundings. Specifically, the dissertation focused on discussing the available archaeological evidence for rural settlements, subsistence strategies, the communication infrastructure as well as the military disposition and possible religious structures – thus providing an archaeological landscape characterization of the Petra hinterland in Nabataean-Roman times.

This dissertation project was conducted within the research group A-1 Ancient colonizations of marginal habitats of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi.

Curriculum Vitae


2011 – 2014 Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology, Klassische Archäologie des Instituts für Archäologie (Winckelmann-Institut), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2009 – 2010 ERASMUS-Exchange at the University of Sheffield, England
2007 – 2011 Bachelor of Arts in Classical Archaeology, Klassische Archäologie des Instituts für Archäologie (Winckelmann-Institut), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2007 Abitur at the Friedrich-von-Bodelschwingh-Gymnasium, Bielefeld


Professional Experience

2012 – 2013 Student assistant of Prof. Dr. Zbigniew T. Fiema, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2010 – 2014 Student assistant of the Exzellence Cluster 264 Topoi in the GIS- and Database Office, Berlin
2008 – 2009 Student assistant of the Sana'a Branch of the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institut, Berlin


Archaeological Excavations and Surveys

2014 Saudi-Finnish Survey Project, Saudi Arabia (in progress)
2014 2014 Survey of the Villa Maritima of Capo di Sorrento, Italy
2014 Projet Archéologique du Rocher des Aures, France
2009 – 2014 2014 International Petra Excavations in Petra, Jordan (ongoing)
2011 – 2012 Pergamon (DAI), Turkey



in preparation "New Research Methods on a Nabataean Tomb Complex on the Jabal al-Matbah in Petra", in: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan XII.
in press Z. T. Fiema, L. Nehmé, D. al-Talhi, W. M. Kennedy: "The al-´Ula – al-Wajh Survey Project: The 2013 Reconnaissance Season, Atlal", in: The Journal of Saudi Arabian Archaeology.
in review "Ein Versuch einer Higuchi-Viewshed-Analyse am Beispiel eines Wachturms auf der Umm al-Biyara in Petra, Jordanien", in: U. Lieberwirth – A. Posluschny – I. Herzog – K. Lambers – T. Kerig (eds.), Computeranwendungen und Quantitative Methoden in der Archäologie – 4. Workshop der AG CAA 2013 (in review).
2013 "The hills have eyes: GIS-based studies on a possible watchtower on Umm al- Biyara, in: M. Mouton", in: S. G. Schmid (eds.), Men on the Rocks. The Formation of Nabataean Petra. Proceedings of a conference held in Berlin 2–4 December 2011 (Berlin: Logos), 271 - 294.