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Dr. P. M. M. Daviau

Dr. P. M. Michèle Daviau

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.6050 or 3625   |  lab 884-1970 ext.6050
Fax: 519 883 0991
Office Location: R 104 - 202 Regina St.

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
Ph.D., University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Near Eastern Studies (Syro-Palestinian Archaeology);

1976 Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, NY, M.A. Biblical Archaeology, Old Testament, Semitic Languages

1973 Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, M.A. Theology

Dr. P. M. Michele Daviau is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Wilfrid laurier University and a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto.  Since 1996, Dr. Daviau has been the Director and Chief Archaeologist of the Wadi ath-Thamad project of excavation and survey in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  Currently, she is engaged in publishing the final report volumes concerning Tall Jawa (Jordan), an Iron Age and early Islamic site excavated under her direction (1989-1995).  Her latest research concerns sites in the Wadi ath-Thamad survey area that date to the Iron Age (Moabite culture) and the Roman period (Nabataean and Roman settlements and forts).  Dr. Daviau has a special interest in religious iconography and in the tools of various crafts and industries. 

Research Interests

Iron Age towns, ceramic technology, the archaeology of Jordan.

Teaching Specialties

Near Eastern Archaeology, Egyptian Archaeology

Recent Publications


2007 Crossing Jordan:  North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan, eds. Th. E. Levy, P. M. M. Daviau, M. Shaer, and R. W. Younker.  London:  Equinox

2003 Excavations at Tall Jawa, Jordan. Volume I: The Iron Age Town. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 11/1 + CD-ROM. Leiden: Brill.

2002 Excavations at Tall Jawa in Central Jordan, II: The Iron Age Artefacts. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 11/2 + CD-ROM. Leiden: Brill.

Forthcoming,  Excavations at Tall Jawa, Jordan. Volume IV: Early Islamic House. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 11/4 + CD-ROM. Leiden: Brill.

2001 The World of the Aramaeans, I. Biblical Studies. The World of the Aramaeans, II. Studies in History and Archaeology. The World of the Aramaeans, III. Studies in Language and Literature in Honour of Paul-Eugene Dion. With J. W. Wevers and M. Weigl. JSOT Supplement Series 324. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

1993 Houses and Their Furnishings in Bronze Age Palestine. Domestic Activity Areas and Artefact Distribution in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages. JSOT/ASOR Monographs, No. 8. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Chapters in Books:

2007 Altars Large and Small.  The iron Age Altars from Hirbet el-Mudeyine (Jordan).  Pp. 125-149, Pl. XXI in Bilder als Quellen/Images as Sources.  Studies on Ancient Near Eastern artefacts and the Bible inspired by the work of Othmar Keel, eds. S. Bickel, S. Schroer, R. Schurte and C. Uehlinger.  Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Special volume.  Fribourg.

In press In the Shadow of a Giant: Egyptian Influence in Transjordan during the Iron Age. Pp. xx–xx in Walls of the Prince: Egyptian Interactions with Southwest Asia in Antiquity. Papers in Honour of J. S. Holladay Jr. Toronto: Benben Publications in association with Oxbow Books.

2001 Assyrian Influence and Changing Technologies at Tall Jawa, Jordan. Pp. 214–238 in The Land that I will Show You. Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller. JSOT Supplement Series 343. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

2001 Family Religion: Archaeological Evidence for the Paraphernalia of the Domestic Cult. Pp. 199–229 in The World of the Aramaeans, Volume II: Studies in History and Archaeology in Honour of Paul-Eugène Dion. JSOT Supplement Series, 325. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

1999 Domestic Architecture in Iron Age Ammon: Building Materials, Construction Techniques, and Room Arrangement. Pp. 113–136 in Ancient Ammon. Leiden: Brill.

1997 Tall Jawa: A Case Study of Ammonite Urbanism during Iron Age II. Pp. 156–171 in Aspects of Urbanism in Antiquity: From Mesopotamia to Crete. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

Forthcoming, Black Slipped and Burnished Pottery:  A Special 7th Century Technology in Jordan and Syria (with Andrew Graham).  Levant 40: xx-xx. 

2006 Hirbet el-Mudeyine in its Landscape.  Iron Age Towns, Forts, and Shrines.  Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palastina-Vereins 122: 14-30, Pls. 4-9.

2002 Economy-related Finds from Khirbat al-Mudayna (Wadi ath-Thamad, Jordan). Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 328:31–48. With P-E. Dion).

2000 A Moabite Sanctuary at Khirbat al-Mudayna. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 320:1–21. With M. Steiner.

2000 Four Seasons of Excavations at Khirbat al-Mudayna on the Wadi ath-Thamad, 1996–1999, by R. Chadwick, P. M. M. Daviau, and M. Steiner. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 44:257–270.

2000 Preliminary Report of Excavations at Khirbat al-Mudayna on the Wadi ath-Thamad (1996–1999): The Nabataean Buildings, by P. M. M. Daviau, N. Mulder-Hymans and L. Foley, with a contribution by C. J. Simpson. Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 44:271–282.

2000 An Inscribed Incense Altar of Iron Age II at irbet el-Mud‘yine (Jordan). Paul E. Dion and P. M. MichPle Daviau. Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 116:1–13, Pls.I–II.

1997 Moab’s Northern Border: Khirbat al-Mudayna on the Wadi ath-Thamad. Biblical Archaeologist 60:222–228.

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings:

2008 Ceramic Architectural Models from Transjordan and the Syrian Tradition. Pp. 293-308 in Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Berlin, Germany (29 March - 3 April 2004), I. Wiesbaden.

2007 Nabataean Water Management Systems in the Wadi ath-Thamad (with C. M. Foley). Pp. 357-365 in Studies on the History and Archaeology of Jordan IX. Amman.

2001 New Light on Iron Age Religious Iconography. The Evidence from Moab. Pp. 317–326 in Studies in the History and Archaeology of Jordan VII. ‘Amman.

2001 Umayyad Painted Pottery and Abbasid Period Lamps at Tell Jawa: A Chronological Dilemma (with M. Beckmann). Pp. 259–274 in La c. La cèramique byzantine et proto-islamique en Syrie-Jordanie (IVe–VIIIe siècles apr. J.-C.). Actes du colloque tenu a ‘Amman les 3, 4 et 5 décembre 1994. Bibliothéramique archéologique et historique, no. 159. Beyrouth: Institut Français d’archéologie du Proche-Orient.

2000 Survey and Excavation in Northern Moab. Pp. 279–292 in 1ICAANE (Rome, May 18th–23rd 1998). Rome: Universita di Roma "La Sapienza"/Herder.

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