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Bert de Vries, selected publications & presentations

Recent Presentations

 “Multi-faceted Approach to Conservation at Umm el-Jimal,” with Muaffaq Hazza. Twelfth International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, May 7, 2013.

“A Concentration of 100,000 Syrians: Za’atari Refugee Camp at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan.” University of Gent Development and Conflict Graduate Field Program, at ACOR, Amman, Jordan, April 5, 2013.

"From One Desert Society to Another: Archaeology and Community at Umm el-Jimal, Jordan, and Las Vegas, Nevada." Repeat of Oct 25, 2012 paper at Calvin History Department Colloquium, March 13, 2013.

Ancient History and Archaeology; Umm el-Jimal Archaeological Project

Umm el-Jimal House XVII-XVIII Preservation AFCP Project blog,

Website version 3 completed Sept 2013, with Open Hand Studios.

 “Archaeology and Community at Umm el-Jimal.” Chapter in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan XI: Changes and Challenges (Amman: Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 2013): 81-91.

 “Archaeology and Community in Jordan and Greater Syria: Traditional Patterns and New Directions,” Near Eastern Archaeology 76.3 (2013): 132-140.

“Community and Antiquities at Umm el-Jimal and Silwan: A Comparison.” Chapter in Archaeology, Bible, Politics and the Media: Proceedings of the Duke University Conference, April 23-24 2009, eds. Eric M. Meyers and Carol Meyers. (Eisenbrauns Inc., 2012): 161-186.

 “Be of good cheer! No one on earth is immortal”: Religious Symbolism in Tomb Epitaphs and Architecture at the Umm el-Jimal and Tall Hisban Cemeteries."  Chapter 16 in The Madaba Plains Project: Forty Years of Archaeological Research into Jordan's Past, edited by Douglas R. Clark, Larry G. Herr, Øystein S. LaBianca, Randall W. Younker. Sheffield: Equinox, 2011: 196-215.

Review of Petra–The Mountain of Aaron I: The Church and the Chapel, byZbigniew T. Fiema and Jaakko Frösén. Pp. 447, b&w figs. 323, color figs. 69, graphs 1, tables 45, plans 1. Societas Scientiarium Fennica, Helsinki 2008. American Journal of Archaeology 114.1 Online Review (January 2010).

With S. de Vries, L. Koning, S. Oord, D. Roukema, M. Workman, P. Christians, J. DeKock, C. Mulder, T. al-Hunaiti, M. al-Fayez, B. Lücke and M. Hazza, “Site Presentation in Jordan: Concept Design and the January 2009 Documentation Season at Umm el-Jimal.” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 53 (Amman 2009): 364-370.

“Between the Cults of Syria and Arabia: Traces of Pagan Religion at Umm el-Jimal.” Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan X. Amman: Department of Antiquities of Jordan, 2009: 177-191.

“Site Presentation in Jordan: Concept Design and the January 2009 Documentation Season at Umm el-Jimal.” ACOR Newsletter, vol. 20.2 – Winter 2008: 5-7.

“Paradox of Power: Between Local and Imperial at Umm El-Jimal,” Ch 53. In Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan, dited by Thomas E. Levy, P. M. Michèle Daviau, Randall W. Younker and May Shaer. Equinox Publishing, Ltd, 2007.

& Elizabeth Osinga, “The Temples of Petra: Changes in Nabataean Temple Design in the Context of the Hellenistic and Roman Empires,”Minds in the Making 2:4 (2005-2006).

"Umm el-Jimal: A Frontier Town and Its Landscape in Northern Jordan,” Vol I , Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series 26 (1998).

Current Events

“With Prejudice and Forethought: The View from Lebanon,” Minds in the Making Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2005-2006).

“The Guns of August 2007,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (Oct 2007): 4-5.

“The New Mercenaries,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought (Dec. 2007): 14-19. A review essay discussing J. Scahill, Blackwater and seven other books on America’s outsourcing of its overseas military ventures to mercenary corporations; re-published in Minds in the Making (Calvin College, Winter 2008).

“Seeing the ruin of Gaza from the Ruins of Umm el-Jimal.” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Opinion. February, 2009: 3-4.

Limes Arabicus Project, Project Architect

Four chapters and 59 drawings in: S. Thomas Parker, The Roman Frontier in Central Jordan: Final Report on the Limes Arabicus Project, 1980-1989, 2 vols. Dumbarton Oaks, 2006.
Bert de Vries, 59 drawings – maps, architecture and balk sections – with Chs. 2-14;
Bert de Vries, Victoria Godwin, and Andrea Lain, “The Fortifications of el-Lejjun,” Ch. 6, pp. 187-212; Bert de Vries and Andrea Lain, “The Legionary Bath,” Ch. 7, pp.213-227;
Bert de Vries, Andrea Lain and Robert Schick, “The Lime Kiln,” Ch. 10, pp. 241, 246;
Bert de Vries, “The Water Mills in Wadi el-Lejjun,” Ch. 13, pp. 271-274

Wadi el-Far’a Project, Co-director with Kamal Abdulfattah

Abdulfattah, Kamal and Bert de Vries eds., Wadi el-Far’a Project Report: An Environmental Assessment of the Wadi el-Far’a Watershed. The Lower Jordan River Programme Publications 8 (Ramallah: Birzeit University 2006), pp. i-iii; 1-193.

The chapters, reporting on the landscape research conducted in the West Bank from 2000-2003, are written by the research team, eight recent Palestinian graduates of Birzeit University and eight recent American graduates of Calvin College.

Wadi el-Far’a website, including draft of above report: