General Information about the Program:

  • Teaching Language: Arabic
  • Credit Hours: 132
  • Duration of Study: 4 years

Program Description

This program focuses on the foundations of archeology and its importance in the study of the region's history and ancient civilizations. The offered courses at the department deal with clarifying the development and principles of archaeology and its importance in the study of the region's history and ancient civilizations through material remains. Students learn to identify the ancient civilizations in the region, the characteristics of their archaeological remains, and the way these remains are dated, analyzed and studied. The faculty members at the department conduct excavations and field projects in archaeological sites, which usually carried out in collaboration with foreign universities and institutions.

Bachelor Degree Requirements for programs taught in Arabic

  • Compulsory Requirements: (12 Cr. Hr.) as follows


All new students should take the level exam for Arabic language, English language, and computer skills. Students who fail to succeed in any of these exams are required to take the following extra pre-requisite course (099):


  • Elective Courses (15 Cr. Hr.)

The following courses are to be taken from the service courses from outside the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology:



Students are awarded a Bachelor Degree in Archeology upon completion of the following courses:

A. University Requirements (27 Cr. Hr.)

  • Compulsory Courses (12 Cr. Hr.)
  • Elective Courses (15 Cr. Hr.)

B. Faculty Requirements ( 21 Cr. Hr.)


C. Department Requirements ( 84 Cr. Hr.)

Course Symbol & No. Course Title Course Description
Arch 101 Introduction to Archaeology This course provides an introduction to the theory, methods, and aims of archaeology, in addition to the relation of archaeology to history, art, science and other disciplines. In this course, students examine archaeology and professional ethics; archaeology as public interest; and legal organizations of archaeology.
Arch 102 Origins of Civilization This course presents a comparison of origins and institutions of civilizations in the old and new worlds, including the first state-organized societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Levant, the Indus Valley, China, the Aegean, Mesoamerica, and Peru.
Arch 106 Archaeological Theory and interpretation This course is intended to offer a wide-ranging introduction to the history of archaeological thought, as well as the opportunity to explore in-depth some contemporary themes in archaeological theory. This will be set within the context of 20th-century archaeological paradigms, namely culture history, processual ('new') archaeology and post-processual ('interpretative') archaeology
Arch 110 Introduction to Prehistory This course aims at presenting an introduction to the prehistory of the world starting from the Paleolithic through the Chalcolithic eras (1000000 -3500 B.C) in the Near East. It discusses the archaeological time divisions, humans, archaeological remains, with focus on the characteristics of each era as sites location and settlement patterns, architecture, art, ritual practices, and industries including stone (flint, basalt, and others), bone and others.
Arch 111 Prehistoric Art This course includes studying human ancient art from its beginning in the Upper Paleolithic in Europe. The course studies the excavated art objects dated to the Epi-Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods uncovered at sites spread over the Ancient Near East. The course covers the manufacturing materials, types of objects and the decorative elements on them
Arch 114 Introduction to Museology Introduction to Museology
Arch 125 Introduction to Classical Archaeology This course studies the historical, political, social, and economical aspects of the Greek and Roman civilizations. The course emphasis on the remains of these civilizations in both western and Eastern world and on their developments and spread in the Mediterranean region.
Arch 126 Byzantine archaeology Byzantine archaeology
Arch135 Islamic Art and Architecture This course covers the origins and evolution of Islamic art and architecture, its characteristics and advantages, the study of models of architectural elements, domes, minarets, minibars, and Islamic motifs such as oil paintings, mosaics, manuscripts and Islamic schools of painting, with an emphasis on religious architecture, civil and military, mosques, palaces and theories of Orientalists in the fields of Islamic architecture and arts.
Arch 136 Islamic Numismatics This course addresses the Islamic coins ranging from the first stages of circulation in the Arab Islamic state since the pre-localization stage until the advanced stages of development of Islamic coins. The course focuses on Islamic coins from many Islamic states and eras
Arch 140 Introduction to the Application of Sciences in Archaeology This course presents the relation between archaeology and applied sciences and overview of the application of physical, chemical, geological and biological theories and methods in locating, dating and studying of archaeological sites and remains.
Arch 141 Archaeological Metals, Ceramic, and Glass This course focuses on the study of the ancient techniques of metals production and fabrication. The course covers ancient metallurgical sites, including their excavation and interpretation, the geology of metallurgical raw materials and ancient smelting and metallurgical processes. The course also provides a study of the raw materials of ancient ceramic and glass and the manufacturing processes and their development through time. The course aims at provenancing these materials and uncovering their production technologies. A visit to Fenan copper mines in South Jordan is included.
Arch 215 Bronze and Iron Ages in Jordan The course furnishes introductory information about the Bronze and Iron Ages in Jordan. It studies chronology and the archaeological material of each period/sub-period. The course presents also a discussion of some of the city-states of the Bronze and Iron Ages, especially the kingdoms of the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites of the Iron Age.
Arch 220 Nabataean Culture This course studies the various aspects of the Arab Nabataean culture, including the Nabataean settlements, architecture, and arts.
Arch 231 Islamic Archaeology in Morocco and al-Andalus This course will focus on Islamic architecture in Morocco and Al-Andalus, such as mosques, schools, shrines, domes, water fountains and decorative elements and artistic and architectural influences exchanged between the eastern Islamic world and the west.
Arch 240 Reconstruction of Past Technologies This course introduces the students to the raw materials and manufacturing techniques used by ancient man to produce his tools and materials. The course examines the factors underlying the choice and manipulation of raw materials by ancient man for the production of his materials and tools including stones, ceramics, metals, and glass. It focuses on the development of production techniques of these materials through archaeological periods
Arch 301 Field Archaeology This course provides field training for the students on the methods and techniques used in surveying and excavating of archaeological sites, documentation of sites and materials in-situ, conservation of archaeological materials, packaging, handling, and transportation.
Arch 311 Lithic Tools This course will examine lithic tools, their technology, manufacturing techniques, and morphology, from the Paleolithic Age until the historical era. The course could include practical training in manufacturing and usage of lithic tools.
Arch 312 Ancient Pottery Students will be introduced to the manufacturing techniques of pottery, from the Neolithic Age to the Hellenistic period. The course will study pottery vessels according to their shapes, chronology, and decorative elements. Practical work on manufacture and use will be included in the course
Arch 315 Ancient archaeology of Egypt and Mesopotamia This course studies Mesopotamia archaeology from prehistory up to Alexander the great invasion and Egyptian archaeology from the time of the establishment of dynastic up to classical periods. The focus will be on the main archaeological finds, especially in architecture and art.
Arch 321 Irrigation and Agriculture Systems in the Classical Periods The course studies the irrigation and agricultural systems in the Classical periods, along with the water–supply systems such as channels, cisterns, dams, and pools. It will deal also with the agricultural production, the economical and agricultural conditions of each culture.
Arch 325 Classical arts and architectures The course studies various aspects of the Classical arts and architecture, which stem from several cultures: Minoan, Mycenaean, Etruscan, and Phoenician. It also studies the eastern cultures such as the Palmyraean culture including its different arts, with a concentration on the origin of these arts in its various stages of development.
Arch 335 Islamic archaeology in Bilad esh-Sham This course covers the study of Jordan and Palestine civilization, during different Islamic eras, including Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, and Ottoman "this study includes the of models of religious, civil and military monuments, such as the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa mosque, the Umayyad palaces, Islamic castles in Ajloun, Karak, Shobak, and Aqaba
Arch 340 Scientific Analysis of Archaeological Materials This course acquaints the student with a number of important analytical techniques and methods useful in the investigation of organic and inorganic archaeological materials. It provides a theoretical introduction of these methods as well as practical training on a selection of methods. The potentials and limitations of methods are discussed through specific case studies.
Arch 342 Methods of surveying in Archaeology This course covers the application of both traditional and modern methods and techniques used to discover archaeological sites and materials. General principles and application of remote sensing, aerial photography, geophysical and thermal prospecting techniques are discussed in this course.
Arch 424 Classical archaeology in Bilad esh-Sham This course studies the Classical cultures in Jordan, from the Hellenistic period to the fourth century AD. The course covers an intensive study of the spreading of Hellenistic and Roman civilizations in the East especially in Jordan, this includes the study of settlements, city plan, art, architecture.
Arch 425 Classical pottery Students will be introduced to the description of pottery Hellenistic and Roman periods in general, and those that were spread in Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine in the Eastern world. The course will study local and imported pottery vessels according to their types, chronology, and decorative elements, in addition to the production centers.
Arch 431 Islamic Archaeology in Egypt and Arabian Peninsula This course covers the study of Islamic architectural monuments and art in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen and the Arab Gulf states since the construction of the Prophet Mosque - peace be upon him- and the subsequent developments on the architectural side as the course deals with the study of architecture and Islamic art in Egypt, especially the latter periods, such as the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman such as Gates, schools, khankahs, mosques and hospitals (Bimarstans) in terms of architecture and spatial distribution in the city of Cairo.
Arch 435 Islamic pottery This course covers the study of industry and techniques of Islamic ceramics through Islamic periods, such as Umayyad, Abbasid, glazed pottery and a metallic luster wares, in addition , the daily use of Islamic ceramics and patterns of decorating it and its evolution through the later Islamic periods, including Fatimid ٍSeljuq, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman times.
Arch 440 Dating Methods and Chronology This course covers a variety of techniques used by archaeologists for dating archaeological sites and materials. The general principles and applications of relative dating such as stratigraphy and typological sequences and absolute dating techniques based on radioactivity such as radiocarbon, thermoluminescence, uranium series, etc. are covered in this course
Arch 455 Ancient writings‎ in Bilad esh- and Arabian Peninsula This course covers the evolution of the Arab-Islamic writings by identifying the forms and types (Kufi, naskhi, thuluth, and Riqʿah), which covered the facades of Islamic buildings such as founding texts and other decorative elements, along with a focus on archaeological materials and decorative writings with its significance from the archaeological and historical point view by analyzing selected samples of the Arab-Islamic writings.
Arch 460 Archaeological literary texts in English Reading selected texts of accredited English-language references and articles, summarize its contents and measure the student's ability to understand the text and then translate it into the Arabic language, in addition to writing working papers in English on different topics in the field of Archaeology.
Program taught in:
  • Arabic (Jordan)

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