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Dr. des. Will Kennedy


Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA)

Klassische Archäologie

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Fachbereich Klassische Archäologie
91054 Erlangen


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

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

Saudi-Finnish Survey Project, Saudi Arabia (in progress)

2014 Survey of the Villa Maritima of Capo di Sorrento, Italy

Projet Archéologique du Rocher des Aures, France

2009 – 2014     
2014 International Petra Excavations in Petra, Jordan (ongoing)

2011 – 2012     
Pergamon (DAI), Turkey

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 habitatsof the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi.

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).

"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.